Aggressive Federer cruises to semi-finals in Montreal
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[August 12, 2017]
(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 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
"Plus I feel comfortable at the net so why not spend some time up
there instead of slugging it out from the baseline?"
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.
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Roger Federer of Switzerland serves against Roberto Bautista Agut of
Spain (not pictured) during the Rogers Cup tennis tournament at
Uniprix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports
"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
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
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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