Dutchman Haase tops Schwartzman to reach Rogers Cup semifinals

Roger Federer of Switzerland prepares to hit a return against David Ferrer of Spain during day seven of the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank at Uniprix Stadium
Contrasting fortunes for Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at the Rogers Cup in Montreal

13 August, 2017

He has won 16 consecutive matches.

But while Ferrer managed to take the opening set - ending Federer's 32-set streak - the Swiss ace raised his game to win 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

It must be said that Bautista Agut, 12th favorite in Montreal, is a player particularly strong this season.

'And then the only thing that maybe is missing is practice, but sometimes practice is overrated. "I think I did a good job again, even though it was tough to control the ball". I know it can't continue that way. I was insecure. I had a lot of problems with other injuries after. He's a great fighter on the court. "I believe it's because I was more aggressive coming to the net". He let a set point slip away with Ferrer serving at 3-5, but Federer served out the second set in the 10th game.

The 36-year-old, whose titles at the Australian Open and Wimbledon - the 18th and 19th of his legendary career - have made him the story of the 2017 tennis season, squandered a service-break lead early in the second set when he was broken for the lone time in the match. Federer controlled matters from that point.

Roger Federer stayed on course for his third Rogers Cup title by beating Roberto Bautista Agut [16th in the ATP rankings] 6-4, 6-4 in 68 minutes and make it to the semi-finals in Montreal.

"I played a lot of good matches, especially against Dimitrov", said Haase. "I'm going to try and recover and enjoy the win today before preparing for tomorrow's match". He dominated at the net, winning 21 of 25 points.

Also, Diego Schwartzman of Argentina lost the first eight games of his match against American American Jared Donaldson, but Schwartzman rallied for a 0-6, 7-5, 7-5 victory.

It was not as convincing as on his first outing facing the Canadian Peter Polansky, but it was enough for the Swiss to leave the field after only 1 h 8 min of game, a win of 6-4 and 6-4 in the pocket.

After facing a run of veterans, he will be up against the 20-year-old Zverev, who beat Kevin Anderson of South Africa 7-5, 6-4.

Top-seeded Rafael Nadal played a late match Thursday.

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