Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Federer eases into Rogers Cup semis

Federer eases into Rogers Cup semis

Roger Federer advanced to the Rogers Cup final with a 6-3, 7-6 (5) victory over unseeded Robin Haase of the Netherlands on Saturday afternoon.

"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.

Although the Dutchman surprisingly broke back, Federer immediately restored his two-game cushion before holding to love for the second time in three attempts.

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.

He'll face the victor of the second semifinal - between Alexander Zverev and Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov - the shock conqueror of Rafael Nadal earlier this week.

Shapovalov, who needed a wild card to gain entry into the tournament, continued his cinderella run Friday by rallying to beat Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.

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. Shapovalov also upset former US Open victor Juan Martin Del Potro in the second round.

Although the 12th-seeded Spaniard managed to make the score of both sets respectable, Federer was much sharper than in his Thursday round-of-16 match against Spain's David Ferrer and never appeared threatened throughout the one-hour, eight-minute contest on Friday, reports Efe. Obviously the rain delay helped me. "When I broke him, I got that little bit of confidence, and I started believing in my shots again".

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".

"I wasn't the player I was before my injury", Haase said.

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