Sweet 16 for Federer as he books Rogers Cup final berth

Doug Mendoza
August 13, 2017

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

The 19-time Grand Slam champion has now won all 16 sets in his seven matches against Bautista Agut.

The youngster responded impressively to Nadal easing through the first set to force a decider, where Shapovalov saved three break points before winning an epic 14-minute third game, which included 10 deuces.

The 30-year-old Haase said he always believed he could be competitive at this level, but he had to overcome a serious knee injury early in his career.

The Swiss star reached the championship match with a 6-3, 7-6 (5) victory over Dutchman Robin Haase in Saturday's semifinal matchup. I played in five finals this year.

Federer posted his seventh consecutive win over the Spaniard and improved his season record to 34-2. I've been able to keep points short. "It was a good decision for me". I believe it's because today I was more aggressive coming to the net.

Unseeded Argentine Diego Schwartzman posted a unusual 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.

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Fourth seeded Alexander Zverev defeated South Africa's Kevin Anderson 7-5, 6-4 to set up a clash with Shapovalov. I think my concentration and just my playing has gone up a notch.

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.

"I'm looking forward to a tough match because he can serve very well and he mixes up his tactics a lot", said Federer.

Roger Federer will be seeking his third career Rogers Cup title when he competes in Sunday's final at Montreal.

For nearly two decades, spectators have flocked to Federer's breathtaking matches and followed the ebb and flow of his career. Never really on a hard court, except at the Hopman Cup. "I was more committed and a step further in, adjusting my position slightly realizing the ball does fly a lot".

Shapovalov, who was born in Israel and moved to Canada before his first birthday, had a great chance at 4-3 in the second set but failed to convert on his three break points. I'm most happy that I'm actually really healthy going into the finals.

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