Federer eases into Rogers Cup semis

Tennis teen Denis Shapovalov rockets up world rankings after Rogers Cup run

Haase, who hit 17 winners, made a later charge and forced a second-set tiebreak before Federer stymied the challenge to win the match.

The youngster responded impressively to Nadal easing through the first set to force a decider, where Shapovalov saved three break points before winning an epic 14-minute third game, which included 10 deuces.

The 36th-ranked Schwartzman next faces the victor between seventh-seeded Grigor Dimitrov and Robin Haase. I played in five finals this year.

Federer saw his streak of winning 32 consecutive sets end against David Ferrer but bounced back to reach the last eight.

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"If I don't save those match points in the first match, there's no chance of being here". I expect a good match, " noted the Master, who has won the only clash between the two players, in 2012. I thought that was really nice'.

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.

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.

Meanwhile, Roger Federer continued his pursuit of a third Rogers Cup title, but his first in Montreal. 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'm just playing better".

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After taking most of the previous 12 months off from championship play, Federer-who turned 36 this month-began the year with a thrilling victory at the Australian Open.

Federer holds a 2-1 edge in career meetings with the Zverev, including a victory over the German on grass in June.

"I think those young players don't quite know what to expect, and (neither) do I, because nobody quite knows", said Federer. He is Wimbledon's golden boy once again, and the tennis world has found itself reformed believers of the graceful and timeless Swiss champion.

At the Toronto WTA event, Caroline Wozniacki defeated World No.1 Karolina Pliskova 7-5, 6-7 (3) 6-4 in a marathon quarterfinals match marred by four rain delays. "I was more committed and a step further in, adjusting my position slightly realizing the ball does fly a lot". It drains you because you know you can do better.

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