Sports Aggressive Federer cruises to semi-finals in Montreal

10:46  12 august  2017
10:46  12 august  2017 Source:   Reuters

Zverev upsets Federer for Rogers title

  Zverev upsets Federer for Rogers title Alexander Zverev kept his winning streak alive with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Swiss ace Roger Federer in the Rogers Cup final on Sunday. The 20-year-old Zverev, the winner last week in Washington, D.C., posted a 10th straight match victory and ended the 36-year-old Federer's winning streak at 16. The German also tied Federer with a fifth tournament victory this year. 1/4 SLIDES © Provided by Associated Press Alexander Zverev, of Germany, celebrates his win over Roger Federer, of Switzerland, in the final of the Rogers Cup tennis tournament, Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017, in Montreal.

Roger Federer reached the Rogers Cup semi - finals on Friday after coming to the net early and often in a straight sets victory over Roberto Bautista Agut on a windy "I think it pays off playing aggressive here in Montreal ," Federer said in a courtside interview after his 6-4 6-4 win over the 12th seed.

(Reuters) - Roger Federer reached the Rogers Cup semi - finals on Friday after coming to the net early and often in a straight sets victory over Roberto Bautista Agut "I think it pays off playing aggressive here in Montreal ," Federer said in a courtside interview after his 6-4 6-4 win over the 12th seed.

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Roger Federer reached the Rogers Cup semi-finals on Friday after coming to the net early and often in a straight sets victory over Roberto Bautista Agut on a windy day in Montreal.

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.

"I think it pays off playing aggressive here in Montreal," Federer said in a courtside interview after his 6-4 6-4 win over the 12th seed.

"Plus I feel comfortable at the net so why not spend some time up there instead of slugging it out from the baseline?"

Shapovalov eliminated from Rogers Cup

  Shapovalov eliminated from Rogers Cup Shapovalov eliminated from Rogers CupThe fourth-seeded Zverev, seeking a second tournament title in as many weeks, advanced to the final on Sunday against second-seeded Roger Federer, a 6-3, 7-6(5) winner over unseeded Robin Haase of the Netherlands. Federer holds a 2-1 edge in career meetings with the German, including a victory on grass in June.

(Reuters) - Roger Federer reached the Rogers Cup semi - finals on Friday after coming to the net early and often in a straight sets victory over Roberto Bautista Agut "I think it pays off playing aggressive here in Montreal ," Federer said in a courtside interview after his 6-4 6-4 win over the 12th seed.

Aggressive Federer cruises to semi - finals in Montreal . Sport. Saturday 12 August 2017 - 1:02am. "I think it pays off playing aggressive here in Montreal ," Federer said in a courtside interview after his 6-4 6-4 win over the 12th seed.

Federer opened the second set with a break and cruised through the rest of the match, which lasted just over an hour.

With world number two Rafael Nadal eliminated on Thursday by 18-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov and world number one Andy Murray sidelined by a rib injury, Federer has an opportunity to regain his world number one ranking.

He would need to win the Rogers Cup and have an equal or better finish than Nadal at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati next week to become the world number one on Aug. 21.

"Now that Rafa is out I know I can make big strides, especially if I was to go further than the semis here. But it's all connected to great play," said the Australian Open and Wimbledon champion.

In the other quarter-finals, Shapovalov came from a set down to beat Adrian Mannarino of France 2-6 6-3 6-4, and Germany's Alexander Zverev dismissed South Africa's Kevin Anderson in straight sets, 7-5 6-4.

Earlier, Haase recovered to defeat Argentine Diego Schwartzman 4-6 6-3 6-3 in their quarter-final.

(Reporting by Rory Carroll; editing by Ken Ferris/Peter Rutherford)

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