Roger Federer was returning to the court after being away from tennis for the last 6 months due to injuries. The 17 time grand slam winner led the first set 5-2 until the young German stormed back to force a tie-breaker, winning 7-1 in the extra frame to take the first set. Federer would win the second set in a 2nd tie-breaker 7-6 and the two would then continue their tightly contested match with a 3rd tie-breaker in the third set after Federer lead 5-4. The German continued fighting back, ultimately winning 7-6 and finishing off the former number one in three sets, 7-6, 6-7 and 7-6. Zverev now holds a 2-and-1 record over Federer all-time.
Federer underwent knee surgery in February of 2016 after missing the french open with a back injury…he announced this past July that he would need extensive rehabilitation and would be sidelined, a tough start to the season for the former champ.