Roger Federer comes from behind to beat David Ferrer

Lynette Rowe
August 12, 2017

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.

Federer, a three-time previous victor of the tournament, pounced on the Ferrer serve in the opening game of the decider and broke the former world No 3 a second time to take a 5-2 lead, before sealing a last-eight clash against another Spaniard, Roberto Bautista Agut.

Those that have followed along recently know I haven't picked against Federer during his run and don't plan to anytime soon given his current form. Haase has won six of his last eight semifinal matches when you include challenger play.

A strangely error-prone Federer was unable to generate his usual fluency early on, and quickly found himself giving away early breaks to trail 1-4 in the first set.

Two games later, though, Ferrer took his chance, converting his seventh break point in the fourth game before racing into a 5-2 lead.

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Federer broke serve for a 5-4 lead in the first set and broke again for 2-1 in the second en route to the victory in a little more than an hour. With Haase's weak second serve and dips in play, this is a match Federer should win in straight sets. The set went with serve as Federer levelled.

After a loose service game at the start of the decider, Ferrer's challenge began to fade.

Ferrer's timing from the back of the court was like clockwork in the opening set, as he stepped up onto the baseline and took the match to Federer.

That set the stage for Federer to wrap up the contest in relatively short order and he will be firm favourite to down Haase in the last four of a tournament he last won in 2006. Next up for Federer is a quarter-final against 12th-seeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut, who defeated Frenchman Gael Monfils in a marathon match 4-6 7-6 (5) 7-6 (2) yesterday.

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