In 2007, Roger Federer competed in his third Canada Open final and first in Montreal. Federer met the world No. 1. 4 Novak Djokovic on the other side of the net, with the young Serb aiming for his second Masters 1000 title. It was their fifth meeting and Djokovic delivered his first win over the world’s number one player.
Novak prevailed 7-6, 2-6, 7-6 in two hours and 13 minutes for the fifth ATP title and second of the Masters 1000 series after Miami. Novak’s 2007 season was breakthrough, winning two major titles and nearly 70 games including a deep run at three consecutive Majors that made him the third-best player on the tour behind Federer and Nadal.
Djokovic’s winning streak in Montreal was impressive, beating the top three players in the world en route to the title as the first player since Boris Becker in Stockholm 1994! Novak toppled Andy Roddick in the quarterfinals before securing all eight break points against Rafael Nadal in the semifinals to reach the dream final against Roger.
Djokovic overpowered Federer and showed a great clutch in both tiebreaks to win the trophy. The Swiss was more efficient after the first serve, shooting 15 aces and taking 77% of the points. Novak stood stronger in the second service division to stay in touch and prolong the fight.
Federer created nine break chances and stole serve from Djokovic five times. He ended on the losing side despite only getting broken three times as he couldn’t bring his best tennis when it mattered most. Thanks to that second set, Roger won two more points than Novak, but obviously not the crucial ones.
He wasted no less than six set points in the first set that cost him the title! Federer was the more aggressive player, hitting 49 winners and 48 unforced errors. At the same time, Djokovic also produced good numbers, ending the encounter with 24 winners and 23 errors.
Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer in Montreal in 2007.
Federer had a slight advantage in the shortest range down to four strokes, while Djokovic gained more points in the extended rallies to stay neck and neck with world No. 1.
1 in sets he won. The youngster took the lead in the second game. He earned a break after some errors from the Swiss, who knew he had to make risky shots to pass the rock-solid rival from the baseline. Novak found a great rhythm on serve from the start, taking a 3-0 lead and hoping to maintain that level in the rest of the set.
Roger then finally hit the zone with his forehand, which immediately changed positions on the court. He broke back at 15 in the fifth game to reduce the deficit and return to the positive side of the scoreboard. Both players served well until game 11 when Roger took a 6-5 lead after Novak’s loose backhand.
In no time, Federer was close to winning the set after opening a 40-0 advantage on serve in the next game. Still, he made three unforced errors, putting Novak back on Deuce. Roger wasted three more set points and missed the last step.
Djokovic played impressive tennis to keep going, eventually breaking back down the line with a forehand to set up a tie-break, with momentum on his side. He was now the leading player on the court and the opener was in his hands after hitting a service winner 6-2 to steal the set despite playing against so many set points.
Roger needed to get this part of the match behind him as quickly as possible. He did so in style after storming over Novak in the second set to win him 6-2 in just over 30 minutes. The Swiss was the dominant figure, firing winners from all parts of the court and leaving Djokovic with nothing to stop him.
Novak somehow held in the fourth game but his serve was broken at 2-3 when he hit a forehand. Roger grabbed another break at 5-2, securing the set with a backhand down the line as the winner to become the favorite. Nonetheless, the opposite happened early in the decider as Novak broke with 15 breaks to take an early lead and end Roger’s four-game streak.
Djokovic sailed through his holding games over the next 20 minutes and was two service games away from triumph. Federer stole the break in game eight to level the score at 4-4 and set the stage for a dramatic finish. There were four comfortable holds in the last four games of the duel and the winner had to be decided in the third set tie-break at the Canada Open for the first time since 1990.
Showing more grip and endurance, the younger player secured two mini-breaks to take a 4-1 lead. Novak converted the second match point as Roger’s tweener found the bottom of the net, starting a massive celebration of a well-deserved crown.