Federer books showdown with first-time Masters 1000 semi-finalist Haase

Solenn Plantier
Août 13, 2017

Wimbledon champion Roger Federer stayed on course for his third Rogers Cup title after defeating Dutchman Robin Haase 6-3 7-6 (7/5) to reach Sunday's final in Montreal.

At the Toronto WTA event, Caroline Wozniacki defeated World No.1 Karolina Pliskova 7-5, 6-7 (3) 6-4 in a marathon quarterfinals match marred by four rain delays.

Winning the Montreal Masters would guarantee Federer at least the No 2 seed for the upcoming US Open, and would enable him to chase the ATP top spot next week in Cincinnati where current incumbent Andy Murray will be absent.

Federer, now ranked third, won 6-3 7-6 in Saturday's first semi-final and will next play Denis Shapolov or Alexander Zverev for the trophy on Sunday.

"I know I can't become number one here, I'm just playing Montreal for the tournament that it is, and I'm trying to win it for the first time in my career", Federer said.

"I actually feel really happy because I know I can play a lot better". "Roger plays very fast and he didn't want to rally with me, so he went for his shots". "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".

The victory marks Wozniacki's first career win against a No.1 and gives the 27-year-old a 6-2 advantage in head-to-head matches with Pliskova. Nadal will play Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov, who beat 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro 6-3, 7-6 (4) on a sultry Wednesday afternoon match.

"It's a huge opportunity for them".

"But even Zverev, same thing".

For large spells of the match, the Swiss appeared unusually frustrated, as his first serve dwindled and his much-improved backhand regularly misfired. "I started off pretty slow, just drained from (Thursday)".

In a semifinals, seventh-seeded Rohan Bopanna of India and Ivan Dodig of Croatia defeated sixth-seeded Raven Klaasen of the Netherlands and Rajeev Ram of the United States 4-6, 7-6 (8), 11-9; and fifth-seeded Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut of France downed eighth-seeded Oliver Marach of Austria and Mate Pavic of Croatia 7-5, 6-3. Comparing Federer to an elegant freight train, the Canadian said that he had no answers to Federer's transition from baseline to the net.

"Today, I felt that I didn't get into the rhythm of the match and I didn't feel the ball well", he said.

After taking most of the previous 12 months off from championship play, Federer-who turned 36 this month-began the year with a thrilling victory at the Australian Open.

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