Federer turns on style to reach Montreal semi-finals

Vincent De Villiers
Agosto 12, 2017

The other quarter-final features Germany's Alexander Zverev against Kevin Anderson of South Africa.

Shapovalov beat 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro in the second round and then knocked off the top-seeded Nadal in a third-set tiebreaker on Thursday in the round of 16.

Second-seeded Swiss Roger Federer overcame a shaky start to defeat Spain's David Ferrer 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 and book a berth in the quarter-finals of the Rogers Cup here.

Two games later, though, Ferrer took his chance, converting his seventh break point in the fourth game before racing into a 5-2 lead.

A strangely error-prone Federer was unable to generate his usual fluency early on, and quickly found himself giving away early breaks to trail 1-4 in the first set.

In Saturday's semifinals, the 36-year-old Swiss will face unseeded Dutchman Robin Haase, a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 victor over Diego Schwartzman of Argentina.

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Federer opened the second set with a break and cruised through the rest of the match, which lasted just over an hour.

"I actually feel really happy because I know I can play a lot better. But, as I have practiced with him quite a bit, maybe I am better prepared than if I would have never hit with him before".

Federer held for 5-3 and looked to have clawed his way back into the set with a break of Ferrer's serve in the next game to make it 5-4.

Ferrer had also come through two tough matches at this event, beating Britain's Kyle Edmund and world number 17 Jack Sock, and he applied immediate pressure on Federer from the off. "I believe it's because I was more aggressive coming to the net".

Saturday's meeting with Federer will be the Dutchman's first Masters 1000 semi-final of his career. The 30-year-old Haase, ranked 52nd in the world, improved to 5-0 against 36th-ranked Schwartzman in his career. Haase has won six of his last eight semifinal matches when you include challenger play.

"I didn't, but I managed to win because I kept fighting".

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