Federer punches ticket to Roger cup Montreal Masters semis

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Montreal: 19-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer remained on course to lift his 27th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title, as he booked his place in the semi-finals of the Rogers Cup following a straight-sets victory over Spain Roberto Bautista Agut here on Saturday.

Federer posted his seventh consecutive win over the Spaniard and improved his season record to 34-2. He has a ATP Tour high five titles in 2017.

The Swiss star, who recently clinched his 19th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon, eased past Bautista Agut 6-4, 6-4 in a one-sided quarter-final clash that lasted one hour and eight minutes.

Federer hammered five aces, made just two double faults and won 81 percent of his first serve points in the 68-minute centre court match. He dominated at the net, winning 21 of 25 points.

Federer said “It pays off playing aggressively here in Montreal, plus I feel comfortable at net, so why not spend some time there instead of slugging it out from the baseline. I think I did a good job again, even though it was tough to control the ball. I got some decent rhythm going.”

He said that today, I felt that I didn’t get into the rhythm of the match and I didn’t feel the ball well, “Roger plays very fast and he didn’t want to rally with me, so he went for his shots.”

It should be noted that Federer is bidding to capture his first trophy in Montreal and his third overall in Canada.

Federer, the second seed and 2004, 2006 champion in Toronto, will now cross swords with Dutchman Robin Haase for a place in finals.

Prior to this, the pair had met only once during a Davis Cup World Group play-off in 2012, when Federer clinched a 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 win.

Federer chances of winning another title this season were given a boost when top seed Rafael Nadal was upset by world No. 143 Denis Shapovalov of Canada on Thursday night.

Mannarino became the fourth established ATP player this week to fall at the hands of the 18-year-old lefthanded Canadian.

Shapovalov’s win over Mannarino came just 24 hours after he defeated 10-time French Open champion Nadal to get into the quarters. Shapovalov also upset former US Open winner Juan Martin Del Potro in the second round.

Shapovalov started slowly by dropping the first set before settling into the match in the second. After a rain delay, Shapovalov broke Mannarino to take a 4-2 lead in the second set. Her served out the set in the ninth game.

Shapovalov said “It’s tough to come out and serve after a 12-minute rain delay. I knew that was a very big turning point, When I broke him, I got that little bit of confidence, and I started believing in my shots again.”

Source: AFP

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