Federer cruises to Rogers Cup semifinals

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

Second-seeded Swiss Roger Federer coasted into the semi-finals of the Rogers Cup in Montreal with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Spain's Roberto Bautista-Agut here.

World No.3 Federer, who faces Dutchman Robin Haase in the last four, was never seriously pushed in the 6-4 6-4 win against his Spanish opponent.

Federer, who is seeking his third Rogers Cup title after triumphs in Toronto in 2004 and 2006, will face either German Alexander Zverev or Canadian Denis Shapovalov in Sunday's final.

Roger Federer maintained his career-long winning streak over David Ferrer to advance to the quarter-finals of the ATP Montreal Masters on Thursday after a three-set battle with the veteran Spaniard. It's all about the matches at some stage.

The 29-year-old Mannarino had knocked out Canada's top player, Milos Raonic, in the second round, although the big-server from Thornhill, Ont., played with a swollen wrist. "At the end that's what matters because I spent hours and hours on the practice courts in the past year".

He broke service for a 2-1 lead in the third only to hand it back in the next game, but a roar went up when Mannarino wasted a chance to put away a game point and Shapovalov jumped on the chance to break for a 5-4 lead.

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"Now that Rafa is out I know I can make big strides, especially if I was to go further than the semis here", Federer said.

Shapovalov reached the semifinals of the $4.9-million event Friday night with a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Adrian Mannarino of France.

"It pays off playing aggressively here, plus I feel comfortable at net, so why not spend some time there instead of slugging it out from the baseline", Federer said with a smile after the match.

"My game plan worked better against Bautista Agut than against Ferrer", he said. I believe it's because today I was more aggressive coming to the net.

Haase, who upset seventh-seeded Grigor Dimitrov in the third round, reached his first career Masters Series semifinal. I didn't, but I managed to win because I kept fighting. We beat good guys.

"I've been against the wall a couple times this week and I'm very happy I've come out several times just playing really good tennis in those situations", Shapovalov said. "After one-and-a-half years, I got back. He played with the right determination in the important moments". I was not as fast. "It drains you because you know you can do better, but actually your own body is not letting you".

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