Tennis: Roger Federer, only favorite of the Montreal tournament
Montreal tournament: Switzerland are semi-final Saturday of the Canada Open against Dutch Robin Haase. A tournament he has not won yet, he said.
There are only four left to claim the victory of the Canada Open . And among the German Alexander Zverev, the young Canadian prodigy Denis Shapovalov, the Dutch Robin Haase, and the Swiss Roger Federer , it is the latter that has the best chance of winning. The winner of the last tournament of Wimbledon is indeed figure of ultimate favorite in Montreal, with in its line of sight the place of number one world. This Saturday, Switzerland will face the Dutch Robin Haase to try his luck in the final.
The sensation of the Masters 1000 of Montreal, Denis Shapovalov, 143th world , crossed Friday a new level by beating in quarter the French Adrian Mannarino (4-6, 6-3, 6-4), the day after his feat against Rafael Nadal who also prevented the Spaniard from becoming number one again at the ATP. At 18, Shapovalov not only improved his ranking – as he was expected to win more than 70 places in the world ranking – but also gave Roger Federer a Scottish hunt Andy Murray , Current number one.
“I’m playing this tournament in Montreal to try to win it for the first time in my career,” said Switzerland on Friday, twice as old as Denis Shapovalov. But without him admitting it, the highest place of the world tennis is in his mind. With Rafael Nadal, “it is an important issue for both of us to become world number one again in our career,” Roger Federer told a press conference.
Switzerland has its destiny in the snowshoe to become again in a little more than a week and almost five years after dropping this rank (4 November 2012). In the event of a victory Sunday in Montreal, Federer will have to do as well as Nadal next week in Cincinnati to regain the top of the ATP rankings and come top in the US Open, the last grand slam tournament of the year. Prior to that and after having recited his tennis Friday in quarter against the Spanish Roberto Bautista Agut, Federer will have to dismiss in the semifinal one of his friends on the circuit, the Dutchman Robin Haase, 30 years.
The Zverev threat
At the top of the table, the German Alexander Zverev promotes the arrogance of his youth. With already four titles under his belt since the beginning of the year at only 20 years old, the German, nearly 2 meters high, has mastered almost all the tennis shots, including a powerful service and deep returns.
Alexander Zverev defeated South Africa’s Kevin Anderson (7-5, 6-4) five days after their last meeting in Washington, finishing the match on an ace in his first match. Having rescued three match points for his entry in the tournament against Frenchman Richard Gasquet, Zverev, seeded No. 4, will be favorite against Shapovalov who will be supported by all the Montreal public for the semi-final of the new generation Of world tennis.