On Saturday night in the semifinal of Rogers Cup presented by National Bank, fourth seed Alexander Zverev, fine representative of the next generation of international tennis stars, restored order with a win over Canadian prodigy Denis Shapovalov in two sets (6-4 et 7-5).
The only player besides Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to have won a Masters 1000 this season, the 20-year-old German capitalized on his four break points to run away with the win at the close of a nearly two-hour battle.
Relying on his hard-hitting crosscourt backhand and versatile game, Zverev earned break opportunities at 4-4 in the first set and then at 5-5 in the second to annihilate the hopes of the hometown favourite.
Zverev earned an 81% first serve percentage and was only broken once in the second set. He claimed the victory on his third match point.
Still, Shapovalov’s run was nothing short of exceptional. The youngest player in history to reach the semifinals of a Masters 1000 event, he is now a member of the Top 70. With his performance tonight, he secured a ticket for the main draw of the US Open, which gets underway at the end of the month.
Zverev will play in tomorrow’s final against Roger Federer, who is unbeaten in his last 16 matches and out to raise his first winner’s trophy in Montréal.