Federer punches ticket to Montreal semis

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13 August, 2017

But he broke Bautista-Agut's serve in the ensuing game and never looked back.

For nearly two decades, spectators have flocked to Federer's breathtaking matches and followed the ebb and flow of his career.

"It's an unbelievable week for me, a completely life-changing week for me", Shapovalov said on court immediately afterwards, even as the audience at Uniprix Stadium - nee Jarry Park - embraced him in a standing ovation. They ended up beating me at a certain stages, like Roddick, Gonzalez and Soderling. I mean, I beat one of my idols.

"I think the belief was always there".

Those that have followed along recently know I haven't picked against Federer during his run and don't plan to anytime soon given his current form. Seventeen is a lot. Hopefully a lot of other big matches, maybe in Grand Slams, maybe in finals of tournaments. As a person, he's very nice. The 18-year-old continues his unlikely, surreal bid as he got past Adrian Mannarino despite losing the opening set.

The unseeded Monfils played his third straight three-set match, including an upset win over fifth-seeded Kei Nishikori in the second round.

The Spaniard couldn't serve out the set at the first attempt, however he quickly reapplied the pressure to break Federer again and win the opener in 49 minutes. Federer controlled matters from that point.

Swiss second seed Roger Federer used a dominant service game to earn a 6-3 7-6 (5) semi-final win over Dutchman Robin Haase at the Rogers Cup in Montreal on Saturday. Bautista Agut struggled on his serve as he was broken three times and won just 65 percent of his first serve points.

"He played well", Nadal said. "I'm going to try and recover and enjoy the win today before preparing for tomorrow's match".

For large spells of the match, the Swiss appeared unusually frustrated, as his first serve dwindled and his much-improved backhand regularly misfired.

On Friday Federer continued his net-rushing attack versus No. 12-seeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut, who he topped 6-4, 6-4 to move into the semis.

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.

According to ATPWorldTour.com, Federer won 21 of 25 total points at the net as he found a rhythm a day after he was forced to play from behind when he dropped the first set against David Ferrer. Haase had to muscle his way through his last two matches and is coming off a match in which he won 46 percent of his return points.

Shapovalov's dream run will now be put to the test by Alexander Zverev, who defeated Kevin Anderson for the second time in a week following their meeting in last Sunday's Citi Open final.


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