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Wozniacki, Federer reach Rogers Cup finals

Wozniacki, Federer reach Rogers Cup finals

In the semi-final on Saturday, Haase will face the victor of the clash between Switzerland's Roger Federer, second seeded, and the Spanish Roberto Bautista Agut, ranked 12th.

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 No.3 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.

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.

Roger Federer extended his winning streak to 16 matches and moved into the Rogers Cup final with a straight-sets victory over Robin Haase in Montreal on Saturday. The win over Donaldson put him in a quarterfinal for the sixth time this year. "I'm just playing better".

Third seed Dominic Thiem of Austria lost to Argentina's Diego Schwartzman 6-4, 6-7 (7), 7-5 while last year's finalist and fifth-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan, lost 6-7 (4), 7-6 (7), 7-5 to Gael Monfils.

Alexandre Lacazette Quick Off The Mark To Extend Opening Day Record
There's so many strikers down the years who have been that backup striker who have played a major part in the season. The Gunners came from behind twice to win 4-3 and start the season with a win in front of their home supporters.

Those that have followed along recently know I haven't picked against Federer during his run and don't plan to anytime soon given his current form. "I also told him that this is just the first match of very, very many that we will play against him".

"I think it pays off playing aggressive here in Montreal", said Federer.

Things started to come together for the Swiss midway through the second set, however he was still forced to save two break points when serving at 5-4, before drawing level at a set apiece.

Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov upset top-seeded Rafael Nadal 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4) in the third round of the Rogers Cup on Thursday night. I came from vacation, did some fitness, saw how I was feeling and said, 'You know what, I practiced so much the past year, let's go play some matches'.

That set the stage for Federer to wrap up the contest in relatively short order and he will be firm favourite to down Haase in the last four of a tournament he last won in 2006.

"I hope it gives me a lot of confidence", Haase said of his performance for the week. "It drains you because you know you can do better, but actually your own body is not letting you. I'll try to enjoy as much as I can".


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