Federer cruises to Rogers Cup semifinals

Federer overcomes sloppy start to down Ferrer

Federer overcomes sloppy start to down Ferrer

Second-seeded Roger Federer sailed past 12th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut in just 68 minutes on Friday to advance to the semifinals of the Rogers Cup at Montreal.

By clinching his seventh straight win over the Spaniard in the men's singles event, Federer leads the ATP this season with five titles, including two grand slams, and improved his 2017 record to 34-2. The Canadian edged out Kyrgios 7-6 in the first set but the Australian rebounded to take the second set 6-3. 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.

Federer, was never seriously pushed by the Spaniard as the Swiss maestro secured the first break in the 9th game of the opening set.

Although the Dutchman surprisingly broke back, Federer immediately restored his two-game cushion before holding to love for the second time in three attempts.

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"I was just swinging for the fences", said Shapovalov, who needed a wild card to get into the tournament.

Federer, who will battle with Rafael Nadal at the Cincinnati Masters next week to replace Andy Murray as world number one, faces Alexander Zverev in Sunday's final.

"I told him he had a great run, well done to him, to not worry too much that he lost today", said Zverev. I know that's not going to be the problem for me.

Especially for Shapovalov, who has been on fire all week with wins over Nadal and Juan Martin Del Potro, among others.

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In the semi-final on Saturday, Haase will face the victor of the clash between Switzerland's Roger Federer, second seeded, and the Spanish Roberto Bautista Agut, ranked 12th.

Haase will have to play aggressive, high-risk tennis from the start to defeat Federer, and hope that most of what he tries works.

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. With hockey great Wayne Gretzky and Olympic swimming star Penny Oleksiak cheering for him from the seats, he also became the youngest quarterfinalist at a Masters Series tournament ever and is the youngest to beat a player ranked in the top two in the world since Nadal beat Federer in 2004 in Miami.

A strangely error-prone Federer was unable to generate his usual fluency early on, and quickly found himself giving away early breaks to trail 4-1 in the first set. "I still have to work really hard every day". His quarterfinal opponent was Diego Schwartzman, who had upset 3rd seed Dominic Thiem earlier in the week. "I was more committed and a step further in, adjusting my position slightly realizing the ball does fly a lot". "You have to win these matches".

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