Federer cruises into Montreal semi-finals

Federer cruises into Montreal semi-finals

Denis Shapolavov and Alexander Zverev will join Roger Federer and Robin Haase in the ATP Rogers Cup semi-finals, securing victories in Montreal on Friday.

Haase, playing in his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semi-final, did well to force a second-set tiebreak but Federer proved too much to handle in a match during which he fired down nine aces and dropped only nine points on serve.

But Shapovalov broke again in the ninth game and clinically served out to the delight of the crowd.

Nowhere was Federer's wayward performance better illustrated than in the seventh game, when he squandered three break points at 0-40 to allow Ferrer to take a 5-2 lead.

However, Federer's experience - having last won the tournament in 2006 and since been a beaten finalist on three occasions - saw him through as the world No.3 held twice to set up a match point, which he converted against the Haase serve at the first time of asking.

Next up is unseeded Robin Haase of the Netherlands, who said he was lucky to come back for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 win over Diego Schwartzman of Argentina.

He broke service for a 2-1 lead in the third only to hand it back in the next game, but a roar went up when Mannarino wasted a chance to put away a game point and Shapovalov jumped on the chance to break for a 5-4 lead.

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In Saturday's semifinal, Shapovalov will meet the victor of Friday's late match between fourth-seeded German Alexander Zverev and Kevin Anderson of South Africa.

Federer, who breezed past Canadian Peter Polansky in the second round on Wednesday, struggled in the opening set, spraying balls long, wide or into the net, but gradually rediscovered at least some of the form that has seen the 36-year-old Swiss earn two grand slam wins this year.

"I'm looking forward to a tough match because he can serve very well and he mixes up his tactics a lot", said Federer.

"My game plan worked better against Bautista Agut than against Ferrer", he said. Haase said it was hard for both players after playing tough three-set matches against seeded players earlier in the week.

Donaldson, 20, was seeking a first career quarterfinal in a Masters Series tournament, where he is 0-13 in round of 16 matches. "It's tough to come back and play that same level".

"I played a lot of good matches, especially against Dimitrov", said Haase.

"We battled, both tried to find a way to win". However, from that moment, I wasn't the player I was before my injury.

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