Federer in ATP Montreal quarters


The Dutch Robin Haase became the first semi-finalist of the component male of the Rogers Cup thanks to a victory in three sets 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in front of the Argentine Diego Schwartzman, Friday afternoon, on the centre court of the Uniprix Stadium.

"A player at 18 of 20 years old in the finals of a Masters 1000 is not something we've seen very often, very rarely, except maybe when Andy [Murray], Novak [Djokovic] and Rafa [Nadal] were coming up". The Canadian edged out Kyrgios 7-6 in the first set but the Australian rebounded to take the second set 6-3.

The delays and Wozniacki's solid all-around game appeared to throw off the big-serving Pliskova, who was playing in her first tournament since becoming the world number one.

The Spaniard couldn't serve out the set at the first attempt, however he quickly reapplied the pressure to break Federer again and win the opener in 49 minutes.

In the basement hung a poster of Rafael Nadal and that poster was one of the first things Shapovalov saw when he woke up the morning of his match against the legend. Shapovalov put Mannarino in trouble with a big serve at 30-30, but he rushed an overhead to give the Frenchman the break point. 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.

In the other quarter-finals, Shapovalov came from a set down to beat Adrian Mannarino of France 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, and Germany's Alexander Zverev dismissed South Africa's Kevin Anderson in straight sets, 7-5, 6-4. "I didn't play too well from the baseline, but Haase served better to get back into the match". "I just told him that this is the beginning for him".

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The men's clashes in Montreal were headlined by a showdown between No. 2 seed Roger Federer and Spanish challenger Roberto Bautista Agut, while a rain-filled women's slate in Toronto featured a compelling matchup between Caroline Wozniacki and No. 1 seed Karolina Pliskova.

Federer reached his sixth final of the year, and will be seeking a sixth win.

"Those young players don't quite know what to expect, and [neither] do I, because nobody quite knows". Trailing 6-5 in the second set, Shapovalov forced the decisive game to 40-all, and on three separate occassions had the advantage to force a tiebreak. "After one-and-a-half years, I got back". How much can I focus on my own game?

Schwartzman saved four match points to upset third-seeded Dominic Thiem in the second round.

"Today, I felt that I didn't get into the rhythm of the match and I didn't feel the ball well", he said.

The win was an encouraging step forward for Stephens, who missed 11 months due to a foot injury and stumbled to a first-round defeat at Wimbledon against Alison Riske in her return to the court.