Dutchman Haase tops Schwartzman to reach Rogers Cup semifinals

Ruben Hill
August 12, 2017

Shapovalov's win came less than 24 hours after a historic upset of first seeded Rafael Nadal. It was extremely hard physically and mentally.

"I played a lot of good matches, especially yesterday against [Grigor] Dimitrov", Haase said.

Shapovalov looked unfazed in facing the biggest opponent of his young career.

Federer responded quickly in the second set, going a break up to lead 3-2 before holding for a 4-2 lead.

Second-seeded Roger Federer, a 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 victor over Spain's David Ferrer, isn't one to gloat over his stunning record against Spaniard, who was ranked third in the world in 2013.

The 19-time Grand Slam victor later took to social media to thank the British group, commending them on a "wonderful show" adding that he "loved every minute of it". It started with a win in Vienna in 2003.

Federer maybe "2nd time 18" but he shows no signs of slowing down. He also won the Masters titles at Indian Wells and Miami and lifted the trophy at Halle for a record ninth time.

"I was No. 1 in the world". He is now in Montreal to begin his North American hard court campaign. I didn't play him often on clay. As a person, he's very nice. "So this type of head-to-head is a bit odd".

Federer, was never seriously pushed by the Spaniard as the Swiss maestro secured the first break in the 9th game of the opening set.

Next up for Federer on Saturday will be surprise semi-finalist Robin Haase of the Netherlands, who rallied to defeat diminutive Argentine Diego Schwartzman 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in a battle of unseeded players.

Bautista Agut defeated France's Gael Monfils in a gruelling slugfest, winning 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-2).

Australian Nick Kyrgios fell 6-4 6-3 to fourth seed Alexander Zverev as the German finally claimed victory over his opponent in their third meeting of the season.

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

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