Federer overcomes rough start to reach Montreal quarters

Roger Federer has booked a spot in the quarters of the Rogers Cup with a win over David Ferrer

Roger Federer has booked a spot in the quarters of the Rogers Cup with a win over David Ferrer

It set up a wild final game, with Shapovalov saving two match points and Zverev erasing three break points before it ended with a misfired backhand by the Canadian. He leapt in the air as he closed out the match.

The fourth-seeded Zverev, seeking a second tournament title in as many weeks, advanced to the final on Sunday against second-seeded Roger Federer, a 6-3, 7-6 (5) victor over unseeded Robin Haase of the Netherlands.

In Saturday's semifinals, the 36-year-old Swiss will face unseeded Dutchman Robin Haase, a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 victor over Diego Schwartzman of Argentina.

Monfils had won the previous three matches against Bautista Agut, but the Spaniard prevailed this time, saving a match point against him in the third set.

He is 1-0 against Haase after a straight-sets win in Davis Cup play in 2012.

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Haase will have to play aggressive, high-risk tennis from the start to defeat Federer, and hope that most of what he tries works. Especially for Shapovalov, who has been on fire all week with wins over Nadal and Juan Martin Del Potro , among others.

"It's what I dreamed of all my life growing up, playing guys like Rafa (Nadal), Roger (Federer), Andy (Murray)", Shapovalov said.

Federer served nine aces and hit 28 winners to improve to 35-2 on the season. "And then the only thing that maybe is missing is practice, but sometimes practice is overrated".

Nowhere was Federer's wayward performance better illustrated than in the seventh game, when he squandered three break points at 0-40 to allow Ferrer to take a 5-2 lead.

Federer dropped the first set in his last-16 win over David Ferrer and was given a stern examination in Friday's opener in Montreal.

An early break in the decider put him in control as a tired Ferrer began to tire. I started to believe more and more again.

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"I'm happy I'm playing as well as I am this year on the match courts".

"I didn't, but I managed to win because I kept fighting". The win over Nadal put Shapovalov into the quarter-finals of the Rogers Cup, making him the youngest player to advance to the tournament's final eight since Bjorn Borg in 1974. She held serve and followed with another break to reach the final four at the Toronto event for the first time. "Even though, Zverev is a more experienced player than Shapovalov at this stage". In the women's segment former World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki sprang a huge surprise beating the current No. 1 Karolina Pliskova.

In the other quarterfinals, American Sloane Stephens was to meet Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic and fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine was to take on fourth-seeded Spaniard Garbine Muguruza.

Shapovalov's stunning form was the biggest story of the day, especially fighting back from a set down against the French world number 42.

Shapovalov, who was born in Israel and moved to Canada before his first birthday, had a great chance at 4-3 in the second set but failed to convert on his three break points.

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