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

Federer on track for fourth Montreal title

Federer on track for fourth Montreal title

Kevin Anderson of South Africa downed American Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-1 and will next play fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev, who ousted 16th-seeded Nick Kyrgios 6-4, 6-3.

Federer leads Zverev 2-1 with the German winning in Halle previous year while Federer gained revenge this past June. Should he avenge that loss, Zverev would tie Federer for the most titles this year.

With top seed Rafael Nadal knocked out in the third round by Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov, 19-time grand slam victor Federer is thick in the fight for a return to the top of the ATP list.

World number three Federer secured the decisive first break against Bautista Agut in the ninth game of the opening set and then served out to take control of the match. Now ranked third in the world, Roger played his first match on hardcourt in the build-up to the season leading to the U.S. Open at Flushing Meadows, New York. "I still have to work really hard every day". You could see that we were both mentally (tired).

And the decider was one-way traffic for Federer, who saw out the win with a textbook serve and volley to set up a last-eight meeting with Roberto Bautista-Agut.

"I just tried to stay steady, tried to take the ball on the rise and try to stay aggressive when I could and keep my serves aggressive too", Wozniacki said, according to WTATennis.

While the 18-year-old looked drained emotionally early on - he was broken on his first two service games - he started playing better near the end of the first set.

But the German was too sharp, winning 81 per cent of the points off his serve compared to 64 per cent for Shapovalov. All the while Shapovalov won the adoration of the local fans and dealt with the newfound fame and pressure that goes with it quite admirably.

"I think he's definitely the favourite", said Zverev of Federer. "Plus I feel comfortable at the net so why not spend some time up there instead of slugging it out from the baseline?" I'm happy to be in the final.

It should be noted that Federer is bidding to capture his first trophy in Montreal and his third overall in Canada.

The 36-year-old, coming off victories in Germany and at Wimbledon, is on a 16-match winning streak, his longest since 2012.

Notably, Haase has had a good run in the tournament, beating the likes of Albert Ramos-Vinolas and Grigor Dimitrov en route to his maiden Masters 1000 semi-final.

"I hope it gives me a lot of confidence", Haase said of his performance for the week.

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