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Roger Federer punches ticket to Rogers Cup semi-finals

Roger Federer punches ticket to Rogers Cup semi-finals

Roger Federer stretched his match win streak to 15 as he outclassed Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 6-4 in the quarter-finals of the Montreal Masters on Friday.

The 36-year-old began the second set with a break and cruised through the rest of the match, which lasted just over an hour, to book a last-four clash with Dutchman Robin Haase.

Bautista Agut struggled on his serve as he was broken three times and won just 65 per cent of his first serve points.

By clinching his seventh straight win over the Spaniard in the men's singles event, Federer leads the ATP this season with five titles, including two grand slams, and improved his 2017 record to 34-2. "I was more committed and a step further in, adjusting my position slightly realizing the ball does fly a lot", Federer was quoted as saying on the ATP World Tour's Web site.

Holland's world number 52 Haase fought back after losing the first set against Argentina's Diego Schwartzman to win 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.




Federer, now ranked third, won 6-3 7-6 in Saturday's first semi-final and will next play Denis Shapolov or Alexander Zverev for the trophy on Sunday. Shapovalov, who needed a wild card to gain entry into the tournament, takes on Frenchman Adrian Mannarino later in the day.

Other quarter-finals later Friday have Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., against Adrian Mannarino of France and fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany against South African Kevin Anderson. Shapovalov also upset former US Open victor Juan Martin Del Potro in the second round. "When I broke him, I got that little bit of confidence, and I started believing in my shots again".

"I wasn't the player I was before my injury", Haase said. "I believe it's because I was more aggressive coming to the net".

"It's tough to come out and serve after a 12-minute rain delay".


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