Federer, Canadian teen Shapovalov reach semis in Montreal

Denis Shapovalov tosses the ball to serve to Alexander Zverev of Germany during the semifinals at the Rogers Cup tennis tournament Saturday August 12

World No. 3 Roger Federer has reached the Rogers Cup semifinals following a straight sets victory over Roberto Bautista Agut in Montreal.

The 18-year-old left-hander from Richmond Hill, Ontario beat France's Adrian Mannarino 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 and awaits the victor of the late match between fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany and Kevin Anderson of South Africa.

After shock wins over Rafael Nadal and Juan-Martin del Potro, Shapovalov's dream run continues, coming from a set down to defeat Adrian Mannarino 2-6 6-3 6-4.

Swiss star Roger Federer outclassed Roberto Bautista Agut as he inched closer to his sixth title of the season with a 6-4, 6-4 win in the quarterfinals of the Montreal Masters tennis tournament here Friday.

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.

With Federer slowly improving his first serve, Ferrer was unable to carve out the break opportunities he had found in the first set.

Holding to love to clinch the opening set, after breaking in the ninth game, the 19-time grand slam victor did not look back, winning 81 per cent of total points on his first serve.

The momentum changed in the second set after a brief rain delay halted play for about 10 minutes with Shapovalov holding a 3-2 lead on serve.

Shapovalov is now the youngest ever ATP 1000 semi-finalist and, at 143rd in the world, is the lowest-ranked since 2003, when Andrei Pavel made his way to the final in Paris.

"I wish him the best". But my game plan worked better against Bautista-Agut than against Ferrer.

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

The 30-year-old Haase said he always believed he could be competitive at this level, but he had to overcome a serious knee injury early in his career.

"I wasn't the player I was before my injury", Haase said. I started to believe more and more again. Schwartzman's only ATP win was on clay in Istanbul a year ago.

"I was not as fast". Then this kind of eats you up inside mentally. "It drains you because you know you can do better, but actually your own body is not letting you". "After one-and-a-half years, I got back".

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