Federer cruises to Rogers Cup semifinals

Federer comes through Ferrer test to reach the last eight at the Rogers Cup

Rogers Cup: Roger Federer admits he sometimes feels sorry for opponents

The magical Montreal run continued on Friday night.

World number 36 Schwartzman will play Holland's Robin Haase who overcame Grigor Dimitrov 7-6 (7/3) 4-6 6-1.

Federer, who was playing his first match since his emotional Wimbledon triumph, lost just three points on serve throughout what was an extremely one-sided contest. "He played with the right determination in the important moments". I gave away a lot of breaks with double faults. Shapovalov fought off two break points to stay even at 1-1. I came back really fast, from zero to 60 in eight months. All the while Shapovalov won the adoration of the local fans and dealt with the newfound fame and pressure that goes with it quite admirably. I mean, he's still better than me. Sascha is an unbelievable player. The match took 27 games to decide.

Shapovalov sprayed a forehand wide and it gave Zverev a third chance to close out the match and he did.

Ranked No. 143 Shapovalov, will up to No. 66 and soon could be a real threat in bigger events.

That said, Stephens did win the most recent clash (New Zealand in 2016) and should have a formula in mind to frustrate Wozniacki with a spot in the finals on the line. Now ranked third in the world, Roger played his first match on hardcourt in the build-up to the season leading to the U.S. Open at Flushing Meadows, New York. "I started off pretty slow, just drained from (Thursday)". The win over Donaldson put him in a quarterfinal for the sixth time this year.

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. Federer was broken once in the first set but in the second won 28 of 31 points on his service.

"In the juniors, yeah (and) probably my two times when I beat (Marco) Chiudinelli, because we grew up together in Basel, we played soccer against each other", Federer said.

"I have no words, this is unbelievable", the youngster said. "Both things combined, two major factors in a beginning of a match, I was able to get into the match better". I believe it's because today I was more aggressive coming to the net. "I also told him that this is just the first match of very, very many that we will play against him".

"I'm happy I'm playing as well as I am this year on the match courts". The clay king is looking to reclaim his No. 1 ranking in ATP by winning this year's Roger Cup.

"I think he's definitely the favourite", said Zverev of Federer. "I'll try to enjoy as much as I can".

"But, you know, I played in five finals this year". There's a reason for it. I'm happy to be in the final. "I'll try to enjoy as much as I can".

Unlike the match against Ferrer, in which he made a lot of unforced errors before managing a 4-6,6-4, 6-2 win, Federer was in complete control while decimating Agut.

EPA/ANDRE PICHETTEKevin Anderson of South Africa in action against Alexander Zverev of Germany during the ATP Rogers cup men's quarter final in Montreal, Canada, 11 August 2017.

The second-seeded Federer is seeking a third Rogers Cup title, but his first in Montreal, having won in 2004 and 2006 in Toronto.

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