Federer punches ticket to Montreal semis

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Roger Federer, who is now involved in a race to the top of the ATP rankings along with Rafael Nadal, will attempt to win his 16th consecutive match as he faces Robin Haase of the Netherlands in the semi-finals of the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in Montréal. tennis-tourtalk said.

Shapovalov's win came less than 24 hours after a historic upset of first seeded Rafael Nadal.

Shapovalov, 18, was the youngest player since Nadal in 2004 to reach the round of 16 in a Masters Series tournament.

He will now be up against 20-year-old German Alexander Zverev, the fourth seed, in the semifinals on Saturday. Shapovalov blasted a total of nine aces, including ones on his second serve that handcuffed Nadal. Shapovalov held his serve the rest of the way to knot the match at a set apiece.

Swiss star Roger Federer outclassed Roberto Bautista Agut as he inched closer to his sixth title of the season with a 6-4, 6-4 win in the quarterfinals of the Montreal Masters on Friday.

"I wasn't the player I was before my injury", Haase said.

Unseeded Argentine Diego Schwartzman posted a odd win over American Jared Donaldson 0-6, 7-5, 7-5 to advance to a quarterfinal meeting with Robin Haase, the 52nd-ranked Dutchman who upset seventh-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-1.

Federer, who is playing his first tournament since winning his eighth Wimbledon title, struggled a bit at the beginning of his Thursday match against Spanish veteran David Ferrer and was forced to play three sets.

"Now that Rafa is out I know I can make big strides, especially if I was to go further than the semis here", Federer said. "It's tough to come back and play that same level".

The 30-year-old Haase, back to 52nd in the world after battling injuries for much of his career, improved to 5-0 against 36th-ranked Schwartzman.

"I was not as fast". Then this kind of eats you up inside mentally. "It drains you because you know you can do better, but actually your own body is not letting you".

"I've been working on it a lot in the past few years".

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