Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Federer punches ticket to Rogers Cup semis

Federer punches ticket to Rogers Cup semis

The 29-year-old Mannarino had knocked out Canada's top player, Milos Raonic, in the second round, although the big-server from Thornhill, Ont., played with a swollen wrist.

The first signs of the player who beat Rafael Nadal less than 24 hours earlier came in the fifth game when Shapovalov fought off five break points to win his first game, but Mannarino served out the set.

The Canadian wildcard was fearless in the deciding set, scoring the crucial break in the ninth game.

Meanwhile, Roger Federer extended his winning streak to 15 matches as he beat Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut to reach the semi-finals.

The two lefthanders were on serve in the second when play halted 20 minutes for a light rain but the crowd sprang to life, chanting "let's go Denis" on the changeovers as he broke serve and then served out the set.

Holding to love to clinch the opening set, after breaking in the ninth game, the 19-time Grand Slam victor did not look back, winning 81 per cent of total points on his first serve.

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.

"It pays off playing aggressively here, plus I feel comfortable at net, so why not spend some time there instead of slugging it out from the baseline", Federer said with a smile after the match.

Federer said he knows Haase well from serving with him on the ATP player council and from practising together. "Both things combined, two major factors in a beginning of a match, I was able to get into the match better. But, as I have practised with him quite a bit, maybe I am better prepared than if I would have never hit with him before".

Federer is 17-0 in his career against the 35-year-old Ferrer, who was ranked third in the world in 2013 but is now at No.33. "I believe it's because I was more aggressive coming to the net".

The 18-year-old Shapovalov, from Richmond Hill, Ontario, advanced to a quarterfinal meeting Friday night with France's Adrian Mannarino, who defeated Hyeon Chung of South Korea 6-3, 6-3. "I think I did a good job again, even though it was tough to control the ball".

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