Federer, Canadian teen Shapovalov reach semis in Montreal

Ruben Hill
Августа 13, 2017

Haase, who upset seventh-seeded Grigor Dimitrov in the third round, was in his first career semifinal of a Masters Series tournament.

The 18-year-old left-hander from Richmond Hill, Ontario beat France's Adrian Mannarino 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 and awaits the victor of the late match between fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany and Kevin Anderson of South Africa.

During a press conference following his victory over Adrian Mannarino on Friday, Shapovalov did say he remembers the day the photo was taken.

It was an even contest in the first set, Shapovalov and Zverev going toe-to-toe until the ninth game.

Rafael Nadal of Spain congratulates Denis Shapovalov of Canada for his victory during day seven of the Rogers Cup at Uniprix Stadium on August 10, 2017 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

In a semifinals, seventh-seeded Rohan Bopanna of India and Ivan Dodig of Croatia defeated sixth-seeded Raven Klaasen of the Netherlands and Rajeev Ram of the United States 4-6, 7-6 (8), 11-9; and fifth-seeded Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut of France downed eighth-seeded Oliver Marach of Austria and Mate Pavic of Croatia 7-5, 6-3.

Shapovalov sprayed a forehand wide and it gave Zverev a third chance to close out the match and he did.

Shapovalov spent much of the match alternating between errors and impressive winners, consistently fighting off break points on his serve.

He said he stuck around to watch the match and remembers how Igor Andreev, Nadal's opponent, rolled his ankle but still tried to battle it out, not unlike how Shapovalov himself has been powering through adversity this week.

"Rafa took a lot out of me. You know, he had a good start, I had a better finish". I felt a little bit rushed. Obviously the rain delay helped me.

Mannarino had knocked out Canada's top player, Milos Raonic, in the second round, although the big-server from Thornhill, Ont., played with a swollen wrist.

The 36-year-old Swiss won 6-4 6-4 in 68 minutes to set up a meeting with unseeded Dutchman Robin Haase.

Federer has won all seven career matches and taken all 16 sets against the 29-year-old Bautista Agut.

Federer said he knows Haase well from serving with him on the ATP player council and from practicing together.

Federer grabbed a second service break late in the third set to effectively seal the victory and improve to 17-0 lifetime against the 35-year-old Spaniard.

"I'm looking forward to a tough match because he can serve very well and he mixes up his tactics a lot", said Federer.

Canadian teenager Shapovalov captured the imagination of an entire country, after upstaging top seed and 15-time grand slam champion Rafael Nadal as well as Juan Martin del Potro en route to the semi-finals in Montreal. "I actually feel really happy because I know I can play a lot better".

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