Federer, Canadian teen Shapovalov reach semis in Montreal

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He defeated former US Open victor Juan Martin Del Potro in the second round in straight sets 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) to set up the showdown with Nadal.

He broke service for a 2-1 lead in the third only to hand it back in the next game, but a roar went up when Mannarino wasted a chance to put away a game point and Shapovalov jumped on the chance to break for a 5-4 lead.

"He's honestly the best player I've ever played in my life", said Shapovalov, the youngest man to beat a top-two player since the 17-year-old Nadal beat Federer in 2004.

Shapovalov became the youngest player to reach the tournament's quarterfinals since Bjorn Borg in 1974.

After Shapovalov, now 18, beat Adrian Mannarino of France in quarter-final action Friday night, he was asked about the photo. Haase said it was hard for both players after playing tough three-set matches against seeded players earlier in the week. "But, as I have practiced with him quite a bit, maybe I am better prepared than if I would have never hit with him before".

"But it's all connected to great play". However, from that moment, I wasn't the player I was before my injury.


Federer, who breezed past Canadian Peter Polansky in the second round on Wednesday, struggled in the opening set, spraying balls long, wide or into the net, but gradually rediscovered at least some of the form that has seen the 36-year-old Swiss earn two grand slam wins this year.

The 36-year-old Swiss will next face unseeded Dutchman Robin Haase, who was a a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 victor over Diego Schwartzman of Argentina.

The 30-year-old Haase, back to 52nd in the world after battling injuries for much of his career, improved to 5-0 against 36th-ranked Schwartzman.

Fourth seeded Alexander Zverev defeated South Africa's Kevin Anderson in straight sets 7-5, 6-4 to set up a clash of rising stars with Shapovalov. Shapovalov held his serve the rest of the way to knot the match at a set apiece.

Donaldson, 20, was seeking a first career quarterfinal in a Masters Series tournament, where he is 0-13 in round of 16 matches.

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