Zverev Ends the Shapovalov Dream, Sets Federer Clash in Montreal

Spain’s David Ferrer 35 was a perennial top-10 player until he began to drop in the rankings last year.
Dave Sidaway  
Montreal Gazette

Spain’s David Ferrer 35 was a perennial top-10 player until he began to drop in the rankings last year. Dave Sidaway Montreal Gazette

Haase, who hit 17 winners, made a later charge and forced a second-set tiebreak before Federer stymied the challenge to win the match. In the final, Federer topped Croatian Marin Cilic in straight sets (6-3, 6-1, 6-4) in a one-sided, 101-minute match, earning his first Grand Slam title on grass courts since 2012.

Federer eased into the semifinals with a workmanlike 6-4, 6-4 win over 12th-seeded Roberto Bautista-Agut of Spain.

"If I would have known I would have gone to the finals, I would have said "yes" right away".

Federer posted his seventh consecutive win over the Spaniard and improved his season record to 34-2.

"If I don't save those match points in the first match, there's no chance of being here". Just as Nadal's grinding performances fit seamlessly with the name, "King of Clay", it is hard to imagine a player more synonymous with the grandeur and history of Wimbledon than Federer. I believe it's because today I was more aggressive coming to the net.

Third seed Dominic Thiem of Austria lost to Argentina's Diego Schwartzman 6-4, 6-7 (7), 7-5 while last year's finalist and fifth-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan, lost 6-7 (4), 7-6 (7), 7-5 to Gael Monfils.

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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 just played loose after that, just went with it. In the victory, Federer won 81 percent of his first serve points and 72 percent of his second serve points.

Swiss star Roger Federer outclassed Roberto Bautista-Agut as he inched closer to his sixth title of the season with a 6-4, 6-4 win in the quarterfinals of the Montreal Masters on Friday.

"I hope that this match gives me some better rhythm and confidence against Bautista Agut, who plays actually very similar to David", Federer said. I've had several tough matches.

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.

Federer, 36, has never lost in 16 previous meetings with the 35-year-old Ferrer, whom he first defeated 14 years ago at the Vienna Indoor tournament.

Having performed so admirably to force a tie-break, Haase started slowly but again showed his character by winning four points in a row from 4-1 down. It drains you because you know you can do better.

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