Federer enters final, on course for third Rogers Cup glory

Denis Shapovalov lost to fourth-seeded German Alexander Zverev in Saturday’s semifinals but still pocketed a cool $220,760 in prize money

"At the end that's what matters because I spent hours and hours on the practice courts in the previous year".

Kevin Anderson eased past Sam Querrey 6-4 6-1 while Adrian Mannarino beat Hyeon Chung 6-3 6-3 and will be Shapovalov's quarter-final opponent.

Next up is 20-year-old Alexander Zverev, who stopped Denis Shapovalov's impressive run with a 6-4, 7-5 victory in the second semifinal. I wasn't even letting him play those points. He put a service return in the net on the first opportunity, but got the break when Mannarino sent a backhand over the baseline.

The 24-year-old saved a couple of break points to eventually serve out the opening game, however, before the pair traded breaks over the next couple of games. Because the delay wasn't more than 10 minutes, there was no warm-up for Mannarino and he was broken at 15-40.

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.

Roger Federer recovered from an uncharacteristic out-of-sorts first set to defeat David Ferrer in the third round of the Rogers Cup.


Earlier in the night, Haase booked his passage through to the first Masters 1000 event semi-final in his career after defeating Argentine Diego Schwartzman 4-6 6-3 6-2.

Federer, who was playing his first match since his emotional Wimbledon triumph, lost just three points on serve throughout what was an extremely one-sided contest. But he seemed more composed Friday. "But at the end of the day he did a good job to make me play those points". Of course, it was tough until 4-all. I thought that was really nice'.

"I struggled against Ferrer early on, so today was better". Wozniacki was previously 0-6 in matches against the top players on the women's side, five of which came against Serena Williams, per WTATennis.com. Both times I won, I was like, ah, s-t. We beat good guys. We played twice on the Tour, once in Qatar, once in Basel in our home tournament, in the semis.

In another round-of-16 action, 18-year-old Canadian rising star Denis Shapovalov stunned world No. 2 Rafael Nadal 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) and stymied the Spaniard's hopes of regaining the No.1 ranking this week. I'm most happy that I'm actually really healthy going into the finals. "He played with the right determination in the important moments".

"Then this kind of eats you up inside mentally", he said.

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