Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Federer punches ticket to Montreal semis

The second-seeded Federer used a 6-3, 7-6 (5) victory over unseeded Robin Haase of the Netherlands on Saturday afternoon to reach his sixth final of the year, where he will be seeking a sixth win. Only Rafael Nadal (47) has more wins than the 20-year-old this season, and with his win tonight Zverev became the youngest Coupe Rogers finalist since 2007, when Novak Djokovic won the title. Even after he fell behind by a set and a break early in the second set he never wavered and never even seemed to doubt that not only was he good enough to lock horns with the German, he was good enough to win. Stretching back to 2006 and 2007, when Federer wore monogrammed blazers onto the court, followed by the gold piping cardigan of years to come, he has become one with the image of Centre Court and its dark green stands.

Shapovalov, of Richmond Hill, Ont., held his serve through a more than 14-minute game early on, but lost it to go down 4-5 in the opening set, double faulting on break point. But Federer broke decisively with Bautista Agut serving at 4-4 and took the set shortly after. He is 26 times a champion at this level, whilst Haase is competing in his first Masters 1000 semifinal.

Shapovalov fell behind 3-0 before winning seven of the final eight points of the third set tiebreaker.

The Rogers Cup 2017 semi-final between Federer and Haase will played at Court Central at 3 pm local time, 12:30 am IST [Sunday]. "They helped so much to really get me pumped up and get me playing my game". To make history here at Wimbledon really means a lot to me just because of that really.

There is a new star in Canadian tennis is and his name is Denis Shapovalov.

Second-seeded Roger Federer advanced to the quarterfinals of the ATP Rogers Cup in Montreal on Thursday, but it was not easy.

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"I have no words, this is unbelievable", the youngster said.

In a widely circulated photo from the 2008 Rogers Cup, a then-nine-year-old Shapovalov can be seen posing next to Nadal, but the Canadian up-and-comer said on Friday he doesn't remember the picture being taken.

Federer, now ranked third, won 6-3 7-6 in Saturday's first semi-final and will next play Denis Shapolov or Alexander Zverev for the trophy on Sunday.

Well, straight but zigzag sets, as momentum swung back and forth, with Shapovalov hanging in tough - that's one thing we've learned this week, this kid is way tough - through a final game that went to deuce five times, the homeboy fighting off two of three match points, but unable to convert three break chances of his own, before a long return settled the matter.

Schwartzman saved four match points to upset third-seeded Dominic Thiem in the second round. "You have to win these matches". "Today, I felt that I didn't get into the rhythm of the match and I didn't feel the ball well".

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