Robin Haase reaches the semi-finals at the Rogers Cup

Federer is closing in on the number one ranking. Pic Getty

Haase will face the victor between second-seeded Roger Federer and Roberto Bautista Agut in the semifinals on Saturday.

Roger Federer reacts after recording match point against David Ferrer during the Rogers Cup tennis tournament at Uniprix Stadium.

Federer has taken more time off this year than usual. And even if he had won the first six matchups between the two men without losing a round, Federer could sniff out a certain challenge.

"I've been against the wall a couple times this week and I'm very happy I've come out several times just playing really good tennis in those situations", Shapovalov said. "And then the only thing that maybe is missing is practice, but sometimes practice is overrated". They ended up beating me at a certain stages, like Roddick, Gonzalez and Soderling. That's why I have a lot of respect for this match today. "A bit surprising, to be quite honest, because I hadn't practiced much". Seventeen is a lot. "I wasn't the player I was before my injury", Haase said. He's a great fighter on the court. The set went with serve as Federer levelled.

The delays and Wozniacki's solid all-around game appeared to throw off the big-serving Pliskova, who was playing in her first tournament since becoming the world number one. Federer controlled matters from that point.

"I knew that when I was healthy, I was going to be able to have chances to win slams again, to play against the best, beat the best". I didn't, but I managed to win because I kept fighting.

Flag-waving fans in the packed grandstands at Uniprix Stadium were hoping for more magic, but Zverev was too strong, winning 81 percent of the points off his serve compared to 64 percent for Shapovalov.

Also, Diego Schwartzman of Argentina lost the first eight games of his match against American American Jared Donaldson, but Schwartzman rallied for a 0-6, 7-5, 7-5 victory.

World number three Federer, who faces Dutchman Robin Haase in the last four, was never seriously pushed by Spain's Bautista Agut, who is winless in seven matches against the Swiss maestro.

Other quarter-finals later Friday have Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., against Adrian Mannarino of France and fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany against South African Kevin Anderson.

Federer was joined in the last 16 by top seed and old adversary Rafael Nadal, who made similary short work of his opening assignment.

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