Federer names aggression as his key to success in Rogers Cup

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Federer's quarterfinal opponent will be 12th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain, who outlasted Gael Monfils of France 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (2).

Shapovalov, aged 18 and ranked 143rd, became the youngest player to ever qualify for the semi-finals of a Masters 1000 event as he rallied past Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in front of an excited home crowd. Stretching back to 2006 and 2007, when Federer wore monogrammed blazers onto the court, followed by the gold piping cardigan of years to come, he has become one with the image of Centre Court and its dark green stands. He broke serve. He had huge holds. In the victory, Haase won 84 percent of his first serve points and 31 percent of his second serve points.

"It's an unbelievable week for me, a completely life-changing week for me", Shapovalov said on court immediately afterwards, even as the audience at Uniprix Stadium - nee Jarry Park - embraced him in a standing ovation.

Ending a dream week that saw him beat several tennis veterans, Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov, who was born in Israel, was knocked out of the Rogers Cup late night Saturday, loosing his semifinal match to fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany.

"I just tried to stay steady, tried to take the ball on the rise and try to stay aggressive when I could and keep my serves aggressive too", Wozniacki said, according to WTATennis. "I got some decent rhythm going". Very rarely, except maybe when Andy, Novak and Rafa (Nadal) were coming up.

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

"Almost every tournament I've played this year there has been a rain delay so at this point I just have to laugh because I feel like it is following me", she said during a courtside interview after the three hour 26 minute match.

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And I always had respect and the desire to do well in the English cups and I always liked to go to the finals. He added: "If the remaining 25 per cent doesn't arrive by August 31, I will not moan.

The 36-year-old Federer blasted nine aces and lost just nine points on his serve as he extended his match win streak to 16 - his longest win streak in five years.

"I'm very happy that I've made it here", he said.

A strangely error-prone Federer was unable to generate his usual fluency early on, and quickly found himself giving away early breaks to trail 4-1 in the first set.

With his defeat of Mannarino, Shapovalov moves on to the Rogers Cup semi-finals.

After Wozniacki sent Pliskova packing, American Sloane Stephens saved three match points and muscled her way past Lucie Safarova in a three-set thriller. "I've seen some great atmospheres over the years". I started to believe more and more again.

Haase, who upset seventh-seeded Grigor Dimitrov in the third round, was in his first career semifinal of a Masters Series tournament. That's why I have a lot of respect for this match today.

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