Alexander Zverev kept his winning streak alive with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Swiss ace Roger Federer in the Rogers Cup final on Sunday.
The 20-year-old Zverev, the winner last week in Washington, D.C., posted a 10th straight match victory and ended 36-year-old Federer’s winning streak at 16. The German also equalled Federer with a fifth tournament victory this year.
He avenged a loss to Federer at Halle, Germany on June 25 and evened their career head-to-head record at two wins apiece.
Fourth-seeded Zverev won $894,585 US while second-seeded Federer got $438,635.
Zverev used some sharp ground strokes to keep Federer from taking control early and get the only service break he needed to win the first set.
The lanky German escaped a break point at 1-0 in the second set with consecutive aces, then broke a mistake-prone Federer for a 4-3 lead and served out the match.
Svitolina downs Wozniacki
Elina Svitolina defeated Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-0 to win the Rogers Cup women’s tennis tournament.
It was Svitolina’s fifth WTA Tour title of the season.
The 22-year-old Ukrainian used powerful groundstrokes and a big serve to keep the sixth-ranked Wozniacki off balance.
A break at love at 4-4 gave the fifth-ranked Svitolina the edge in the first set. She wasn’t threatened again in the 77-minute match.
Svitolina had a clear edge from the baseline thanks to her impressive retrieving ability. Wozniacki was forced to go for more winners and started making more unforced errors as a result.
Wozniacki, a 27-year-old former world No. 1 from Denmark, varied her shots throughout the match, combining power with more looping topspin returns.
Svitolina wasn’t fazed as her consistency and power game proved to be too much.
It was Svitolina’s fourth victory over a top-10 opponent this week and third win in two days.
She beat ninth-ranked Venus Williams in the third round, topped No. 4 Garbine Muguruza in a rain-delayed quarter-final Saturday morning and downed No. 2 Simona Halep on Saturday night.
It was Svitolina’s third Premier 5 title of the year.
She earned $501,975 US of the $2.74-million purse for the victory. Wozniacki, who won the Rogers Cup in Montreal in 2010, will take home $243,920.
Svitolina has reached five finals this year and won them all. Wozniacki fell to 0-6 in final…