Federer storms into semis, but Anderson goes down in Montreal

Vincent De Villiers
Agosto 13, 2017

In the semi-final on Saturday, Haase will face the victor of the clash between Switzerland's Roger Federer, second seeded, and the Spanish Roberto Bautista Agut, ranked 12th.

In a glimpse of the future, 20-year-old Zverev - a four-time victor on the ATP Tour this season - needed three match points to see off Shapovalov and earn a showdown with Roger Federer in a repeat of the Halle decider, which the latter won in straight sets.

Roger Federer overcame a weak first set to post a 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Spaniard David Ferrer in an earlier third-round match.

Haase rallied after losing the opening set to improve to 5-0 all-time against Schwartzman.

Wimbledon champion Roger Federer stayed on course for his third Rogers Cup title after defeating Dutchman Robin Haase 6-3 7-6 (7/5) to reach Sunday's final in Montreal.

"It's a big bonus right now and I hope I can play as free as I have so far in the finals tomorrow".

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Zverev has now won his last 9 matches after winning Washington last week, and 10 straight in Masters events following that Rome title. "Both things combined, two major factors in a beginning of a match, I was able to get into the match better. But, as I have practised with him quite a bit, maybe I am better prepared than if I would have never hit with him before". "I think it is because I went more to the net, which was not possible against Ferrer", analyzed Federer.

Next up is Roger Federer who served his way into his 6th final of the season besting Robin Haase 6-3, 7-6 (5).

Shapovalov will play a semi against another fast-rising young gun: fourth seed Alexander Zverev who beat South African Kevin Anderson 7-5, 6-4. I came from vacation, did some fitness, saw how I was feeling and said, 'You know what, I practiced so much the previous year, let's go play some matches'. I've had several tough matches. I don't know about myself either.

"I know I can't become number one here, I'm just playing Montreal for the tournament that it is, and I'm trying to win it for the first time in my career", Federer said.

It will be just the second career meeting between the two.

Roger Federer is coming off a straight sets win over Roberto Bautista Agut that took 20 games to decide. "I'll try to enjoy as much as I can". "But, in general, to make an achievement like this is good because it shows you can do it".

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