Federer, Canadian teen Shapovalov reach semis in Montreal

Bautista Agut in marathon win over Monfils at Rogers Cup Schwartzman advances

Bautista Agut in marathon win over Monfils at Rogers Cup Schwartzman advances

Kevin Anderson eased past Sam Querrey 6-4 6-1 while Adrian Mannarino beat Hyeon Chung 6-3 6-3 and will be Shapovalov's quarter-final opponent. Schwartzman's only ATP win was on clay in Istanbul previous year.

Flag-waving fans in the packed grandstands at Uniprix Stadium were hoping for more magic in the battle of youngsters against the 20-year-old Zverev.

Roger Federer has vowed to showcase an aggressive brand of tennis as he aims to win the Montreal Masters and continue his incredible year.

Shapovalov held his serve through a more than 14-minute game early on, but lost it to go down 4-5 in the opening set, double faulting on break point.

For large spells of the match, the Swiss appeared unusually frustrated, as his first serve dwindled and his much-improved backhand regularly misfired. I came back really fast, from zero to 60 in eight months. You could see that we were both mentally (tired).

Roger Federer booked his place in the semi-finals of the Montreal Masters with a dominant and routine 6-4 6-4 victory over Spain's Bautista Agut on Friday.

"I wasn't too sharp on the big points", said Shapovalov, who made headlines in February for inadvertently blasting a ball into an umpire's face in a fit of rage during a Davis Cup quarter-final.

"If I don't save those match points in the first match, there's no chance of being here".

Wozniacki upsets world number one Pliskova in Rogers Cup
After being blown out in the semifinals of the Rogers Cup at the hands of Elina Svitolina , defending champion Simona Halep was at a loss for words.

"Yesterday, I struggled against [David] Ferrer early on, so today was better", he said, per ATPWorldTour. "Plus I feel comfortable at the net so why not spend some time up there instead of slugging it out from the baseline?"

Federer, whose five titles this year include the Australian Open and Wimbledon, credited a positive mindset for helping him extend his winning streak to 16 matches.

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.

But Shapovalov broke again in the ninth game and clinically served out to the delight of the crowd. However, from that moment, I wasn't the player I was before my injury.

"I think he's definitely the favourite", said Zverev of Federer.

EPA/WARREN TODARoger Federer of Switzerland in action against Robin Haase of the Netherlands during the ATP Rogers cup men's semi final in Montreal, Canada, 12 August 2017.

Haase, who upset seventh-seeded Grigor Dimitrov in the third round, was in his first career semifinal of a Masters Series tournament. I gave away a lot of breaks with double faults.

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