Federer, Canadian teen Shapovalov reach semis in Montreal

Contrasting fortunes for Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at the Rogers Cup in Montreal

Contrasting fortunes for Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at the Rogers Cup in Montreal

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 tennis tournament here Friday.

He carried on his superb recent form and won 6-4, 6-4 in 68 minutes to book a last-four clash with 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. He has an ATP Tour high five titles in 2017.

He will face Dutchman Haas in just the second career meeting between the two. The pair met in a Davis Cup World Group play-off in 2012 with Federer winning 6-1, 6-4, 6-4.

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.

Meanwhile World No. 143 Denis Shapovalov of Canada continued his Cinderella run Friday by rallying to beat Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.

In Sunday's final, the Swiss veteran will face the victor of the second semifinal between 18-year-old Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., and 20-year-old Alexander Zverev of Germany.

Federer moved 4-1 ahead after securing a couple of mini-breaks, only for Haase to respond again by taking the next two points against serve and then moved 5-4 ahead. "But, as I have practised with him quite a bit, maybe I am better prepared than if I would have never hit with him before".

Federer is 17-0 in his career against the 35-year-old Ferrer, who was ranked third in the world in 2013 but is now at No.33.

Federer said he knows Haase well from serving with him on the ATP player council and from practicing together. Obviously the rain delay helped me. "I believe it's because I was more aggressive coming to the net".

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