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By Richard Pagliaro | Tuesday, August 9, 2017

Roger Federer

Roger Federer breezed by wild card Peter Polansky, 6-2, 6-1, in 53 minutes stretching his winning streak to 13 matches.

Photo credit: Arturo Velazquez/Tennis Canada

Streaking forward, Roger Federer turned the blue court into a spring-board elevating for a smash.

A day after celebrating his 36th birthday, Federer was riding high receiving a rousing reception from fans reveling in his first Montreal match in six years.

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A relaxed Federer provided few party favors for Peter Polansky outclassing the 116th-ranked Canadian, 6-2, 6-1, in a 53-minute rout that marked his return to the pro circuit.

It was Federer’s first match since the Swiss soared to his record eighth Wimbledon championship sweeping Marin Cilic in the July 16th final.

Clad in a pink Nike top, Federer played proactive tennis repeatedly storming net.

Looking fit and playing fast, Federer moved fluidly and cruised through most of his service games. Federer served 61 percent, hit five aces and won 24 of 28 points played on his first serve. 

Federer extended his winning streak to 13 matches raising his record to 32-2 on the season.

The second-seeded Swiss has won 29 consecutive sets—Federer hasn’t dropped a set since losing his Stuttgart opener to buddy Tommy Haas in June.

The two-time Rogers Cup champion will play either 15th-seeded Jack Sock or 35-year-old Spaniard David Ferrer for a place in the quarterfinals.

The 29-year-old wild card knew what he was in for facing the Grand Slam king. Polansky absorbed a 6-2, 6-0 pasting from Federer in the same round at the 2014 Rogers Cup.

Wearing a purple cap and neon orange shades, Polansky showed some jitters on the big stage opening with a double fault into net. Federer attacked on successive points, angling off a high backhand volley winner, then sealed a love break when Polansky netted his second double fault of the game.

Bolting through his service games, Federer won nine straight points breezing to a 3-0 lead. Federer fired his third ace then slashed a forehand strike into the corner capping a 54-second hold for 5-2.

Gliding forward, Federer rapped a forehand volley into the corner wrapping up a smooth opening set in 20 minutes. Federer set the tone on serve winning 16 of 19 first-serve points.

Following a knifing backhand volley to net, Federer backpedaled and elevated quickly for an authoritative smash breaking for a 2-0 second-set lead.

A crackling exchange ended with Polansky dragging a forehand into net giving the Swiss a second break point in the fourth game. Federer jammed a drive into his opponent’s hip breaking again for 4-0.

Forty minutes into the match, Polansky drew a roar from home fans lashing a running forehand pass down the line for double break point. Swarming net, Federer flicked a forehand volley to erase the first then denied the second.

An angled forehand volley gave Federer his first match point at 46 minutes. Polansky saved it only to spit up his sixth double fault. When Federer sent a bounce-smash beyond the baseline, Polansky howled in celebration avoiding the bagel.

Fittingly, Federer closed with a forward march.

Streaking to net he snapped off a forehand volley closing a 53-minute dissection.


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