Federer beats Haase, meets Zverev in Montreal final

Lynette Rowe
August 13, 2017

Haase, who upset seventh-seeded Grigor Dimitrov in the third round, was in his first career semifinal of a Masters Series tournament. But the German was too sharp, winning 81 per cent of the points off his serve compared to 64 per cent for Shapovalov. I'm most happy that I'm actually really healthy going into the finals.

Next up for Federer on Saturday will be surprise semi-finalist Robin Haase of the Netherlands, who rallied to defeat diminutive Argentine Diego Schwartzman 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in a battle of unseeded players.

Bautista Agut struggled on his serve as he was broken three times and won just 65 per cent of his first serve points. "I was more committed and a step further in, adjusting my position slightly realizing the ball does fly a lot".

Federer saw his streak of winning 32 consecutive sets end against David Ferrer but bounced back to reach the last eight.

Also, the Swiss star will be geared up to make the most of Nadal's absence in the ongoing tournament and strengthen his bid for reclaiming the world number one title. The top seeded Nadal and second seeded Federer cruised through their matches on Wednesday.

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The pair met in a Davis Cup World Group play-off in 2012 with Federer winning 6-1, 6-4, 6-4.

But if wins over Mannarino, Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro have been any indication, Shapovalov-who is the youngest player ever to reach a Masters 1000 semifinal-could be on a collision course for a championship clash with Federer.

However, it was a decidedly more hard task against fellow veteran Ferrer, who ultimately came up short in a 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 defeat on Thursday. Shapovalov also upset former US Open victor Juan Martin Del Potro in the second round. Shapovalov held his serve the rest of the way to knot the match at a set apiece.

Federer took an early lead at the start of the second set, but a loose game - which finished with a missed smash and a double fault- allowed Ferrer to draw level. He recovered a the break quickly and earned himself a triple-break point with Zverev serving at 3-4 in the second set.

"It's tough to come out and serve after a 12-minute rain delay". I've been able to keep points short. Haase has had to overcome several injuries in his career but says he is finally in a good place. Haase and him know each other well, the ones who sit on the board of the players of the ATP.

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