Roger Federer eases into Rogers Cup semis

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Denis Shapovalov plays Adrian Mannarino and Alexander Zverev faces Kevin Anderson in the other quarter-finals.

In Friday's quarterfinals, the second-seeded Federer will face 12th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain, who outlasted Frenchman Gael Monfils 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (2) on center court at Uniprix Stadium.

Federer rolled to a 6-4, 6-4 victory over the Spaniard to move closer to winning his sixth ATP title of the season.

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.

But he broke Bautista-Agut's serve in the ensuing game and never looked back.

Unseeded Argentine Diego Schwartzman posted a odd win over American Jared Donaldson 0-6, 7-5, 7-5 to advance to a quarterfinal meeting with Robin Haase, the 52nd-ranked Dutchman who upset seventh-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-1.

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.

Prior to this, the pair had met only once during a Davis Cup World Group play-off in 2012, when Federer clinched a 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 win. "I got some decent rhythm going".

"The week for me was very good, but I am now disappointed as I don't think I played well in the second and third sets", Schwartzman said afterward.

"Today, I felt that I didn't get into the rhythm of the match and I didn't feel the ball well", he said. That took me, honestly, a couple of years to get more calm in my head, that I have to deal with it.

The 18-year-old, ranked 143rd in the world, is through to his first ATP Masters semi-final after a 2-6 6-3 6-4 victory.

Haase reached his first career Masters Series semifinal.

"I played a lot of good matches, especially against Dimitrov", said Haase.

"It's tough to come out and serve after a 12-minute rain delay".

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