Due to a knee injury, Roger Federer missed the second half of the 2016 season. The Swiss made a greater comeback the following year to have his greatest season in a long time. In 2017, Federer won 54 of 59 games, winning seven titles and two Majors for the first time since 2012!
The Swiss won the ninth Wimbledon title without dropping a set a few weeks before turning 36. After gaining momentum, Roger resumed his activities in Montreal a few weeks later. In just 54 minutes, Federer picked up where he left off at the All England Club, defeating Peter Polansky 6-2, 6-1 to get the match underway.
In Roger’s first Montreal match since 2011, the 116th-ranked Canadian used a wild card to enter the draw and take on a 19-time Major champion. Federer dropped 12 points in eight service games, but managed to avoid two break attempts in the fifth game of the second set and seize the opponent’s serve four times to establish the tempo and advance quickly.
In Montreal in 2017, Roger Federer fell to Peter Polansky in three games.
Polansky participated in three Challenger finals in a row that summer. Even yet, it was insufficient to overcome such a formidable foe, particularly after serving at 42 percent.
The opening set was won 6-2 in 21 minutes by the Swiss, who got off to a brilliant start. Following Peter’s double fault, Federer broke at love to take a 2-0 lead after holding with an ace in the first game. Roger pushed himself to the limit in the third game, holding on to create a 3-0 lead in just six minutes!
With a service winner in game four and a hold at love at 1-4 to close the gap to one break, the Canadian put his name on the scoreboard. With yet another flawless hold, the Swiss took the seventh game and broke with a volley winner a little while later for 6-2.
With aggressive tennis, Roger built the advantage with a smash winner in the second game of the second set and maintained it with a service winner to go up 3-0. In the fourth game, Polansky netted a forehand, losing service and extending his deficit.
In the following one, he recovered and produced those two break opportunities. Roger kept the serve intact by saving them with victories, and he finished the game with an ace for a 5-0 advantage. Federer won the following game at 15 to secure the victory and move on to the third round after Polansky rejected match points in the sixth set to avert a bagel.