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

Rogers Cup 2017: Shapovalov's run comes to an end against Zverev

The second-seeded Federer used a 6-3, 7-6 (5) victory over unseeded Robin Haase of the Netherlands on Saturday afternoon to reach his sixth final of the year, where he will be seeking a sixth win. Entering the encounter, Federer had all the assets on his position as he had won all their six previous meetings.And he did that without losing a set against the 29-year-old Spaniard.

Fourth seeded Alexander Zverev defeated South Africa's Kevin Anderson in straight sets 7-5, 6-4 to set up a clash of rising stars with Shapovalov.

"I'm happy - most happy that I'm actually really healthy going into the finals", said second seed Federer, who has won Masters titles in Indian Wells and Miami in 2017.

On this night, though, too much of that stuff was breaking against the teenager, even as he battled hard to hold service, even as he left Zverev off the break hook after some remarkably long rally points. "I grew up watching Rafa so just to be able to compete with him is one thing but to come out winning is a dream come true for me".

"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", Federer said in a post-match television interview. Eventually, no changes were on their rivalry except for Federer who has just added another straight set win over the Spaniard.

After the match Zverev showed respect for a job well done by Shapovalov and the Canadian fans, gesturing to Shapovalov and urging the fans to applaud him for his job well done.

Federer has taken more time off this year than usual. "It's very exciting for tennis". "I just told him that this is the beginning for him".

"Worst loss of the year because I lost against a player with a lower ranking", Nadal said. In the victory, Haase won 84 percent of his first serve points and 31 percent of his second serve points.

Denis Shapovalov has to come up with some new goals. He is Wimbledon's golden boy once again, and the tennis world has found itself reformed believers of the graceful and timeless Swiss champion.

The win was an encouraging step forward for Stephens, who missed 11 months due to a foot injury and stumbled to a first-round defeat at Wimbledon against Alison Riske in her return to the court.

Haase, who upset seventh-seeded Grigor Dimitrov in the third round, was in his first career semifinal of a Masters Series tournament.

"I hope it gives me a lot of confidence", Haase said of his performance for the week. "Next week (in Cincinnati), different conditions, different courts, so it's tournament by tournament".

In doubles, Rohan Bopanna and Ivan Dodig powered past Gael Monfils and Benoit Paire of France 6-2, 7-5 in the quarterfinals.

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