Zverev eyes Montreal glory
Alexander Zverev hopes he can challenge for the Rogers Cup title in Montreal ahead of his clash with Briton Cameron Norrie.
The world number seven won the Rogers Cup two years ago after he overcame home hopeful Denis Shapovalov in the last four and then Swiss superstar Roger Federer in the final.
Zverev's success in 2017 was his second Masters 1000 title and in landing the Rogers Cup he became the first player outside of the 'Big Four' to win multiple Masters titles in the same season since 2007.
The 22-year-old has since landed three further Masters 1000 crowns and claimed the ATP World Tour Finals trophy at the end of last season, and Zverev is hoping he can go far in Montreal this year.
"It was a great week," he said of his Rogers Cup win in 2017, as reported by Tennis World USA. "I still remember the match point I saved in my first round against Richard Gasquet after a 49-shot rally. Then I won the tournament playing good tennis. Beating someone like Roger in the final was very special.
"I hope to have a good week here this year, too. The environment and energy were great. I like the crowd that supports local players. Players like it. I hope to soon face Denis again. We will see how the tournament will go. I may have the chance to face other Canadians."
Zverev takes on world number 62 Norrie in his first match at the Rogers Cup on Tuesday night.
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