When Competition Becomes a Performance

Today Alexander Zverev GER [4] takes on Roger Federer SUI [2] and  Caroline Wozniacki DEN [6] confronts the zoning Elina Svitolina UKR [5] at the Rogers Cup, the third stop on the US Open Series. Tennis fans have reveled in the tournament for the last seven days. Riding the highs of new player wins and excusing the veterans missing the mark. All of it is glorious. The competition has us stuck on the coach. We perch or recline with fixed glaze trying to sort out the field, those who have been rocketing of late, Svitlolina, to the previously injured and returning, Stephens. (more…)

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Will Alexander Zverev Stop Federer’s Wimbledon Momentum?

Much has been said about Roger Federer’s schedule. The star skipped the French Open to not only rest his body, but give himself the best opportunity to secure his ninth Halle and eight Wimbledon titles. At thirty-five he is playing for his legacy.

Alexander Zverev stands in his way. The twenty-year old is a dangerous opponent who has already won titles on hard-court (Open Sud de France), clay (MW Open by FWU) and grass (Internazionali BNL d’Italia) this season. He beat the elegant one in the Halle semi-final last year after losing to him in Rome.

Federer comes into the final tested: Y. Sugita>M. Zverev>F. Mayer>K. Khachanov. However, none of those matches pushed him as much as Zverev will. The youngster has the ability to stop Federer’s momentum. Zverev may make the often called maestro rethink his Wimbledon strategy and campaign. It would be surprising if this match did not go three sets or at the very least two very tough sets with tie-breakers, if both are healthy. So who do think will take the Gerry Weber Open title?