Zverev never trailed against the third-ranked Federer on Sunday and displayed a powerful serve and a deft touch at the net. The home crowd favorite Denis Shapovalov. Only American Jimmy Connors owns more titles with 109. Had Federer reached the final, Nadal would have had to win the title to stop the Swiss star from becoming number one. He also saved 65 per cent of the break points he faces this season, which places him among the top-20 for the year among all players.
"We didn't get a chance to play, I was a little bummed out because I thought Rafa was going to watch me play before his match", he said with a laugh. Shapovalov broke Mannarino to take a 5-4 lead in the deciding set and then served out the match.
The win came just hours after she ousted reigning Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in a quarter-final that was postponed from Friday due to rain.
Zverev gave further evidence that he is a contender for the biggest titles as he became only the second active player after Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to win two Masters titles, outside the "Big Four" of Federer, Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Murray.
Over the last 24 hours 74% of bets on the US Open mens victor market have been on Zverev with confidence growing that he is now mature enough to win his first major title.
Federer, 36, lost for just the third time in 38 matches this year. "I knew that was a very big turning point", Shapovalov said. This young guy was the youngest participant at any ATP Masters tournament semifinals in history. Haase said it was hard for both players after playing tough three-set matches against seeded players earlier in the week. So, these statistics are a bit ridiculous, because I have a lot of respect for David.
The 30-year-old Haase said he always believed he could be competitive at this level, but he had to overcome a serious knee injury early in his career. I had opportunities. But Zverev played extremely well.
And Federer admitted he was suffering with reoccurring muscle pain during the tournament, just two weeks before the start of the US Open.
"Now all of a sudden next week, maybe.obviously at the US Open, I think it's up for grabs for Rafa and myself". In addition to Montreal, he has won titles in Rome, Marseille, Munich and in Washington.
"I feel like I'm playing the right tennis, well enough tennis to be there".