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

Roger Federer overcomes rough start to reach Montreal quarters

Roger Federer overcomes rough start to reach Montreal quarters

He'll face the victor of the second semifinal - between Alexander Zverev and Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov - the shock conqueror of Rafael Nadal earlier this week.

The victory marks Wozniacki's first career win against a No.1 and gives the 27-year-old a 6-2 advantage in head-to-head matches with Pliskova.

Mannarino became the fourth established ATP player this week to fall at the hands of the 18-year-old lefthanded Canadian.

Fourth seeded Alexander Zverev defeated South Africa's Kevin Anderson in straight sets 7-5, 6-4 to set up a clash of rising stars with Shapovalov.

Roger Federer stretched his match win streak to 15 as he outclassed Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 6-4 in the quarter-finals of the Montreal Masters on Friday.

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Shapovalov started slowly by dropping the first set before settling into the match in the second.

The early exit also denied world number two Nadal a chance to take over from the absent Andy Murray at the top of the rankings, a position the Spaniard would have regained for the first time since 2014 had he advanced to the semi-finals. Her served out the set in the ninth game.

Federer moved 4-1 ahead after securing a couple of mini-breaks, only for Haase to respond again by taking the next two points against serve and then moved 5-4 ahead. "It's tough to come back and play that same level". "I believe it's because I was more aggressive coming to the net". I've been able to keep points short.

Federer said he knows Haase well from serving with him on the ATP player council and from practicing together. "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".

Federer grabbed a second service break late in the third set to effectively seal the victory and improve to 17-0 lifetime against the 35-year-old Spaniard. I was insecure. I had a lot of problems with other injuries after.

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