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Federer, Canadian teen Shapovalov reach semis in Montreal

13 August 2017

Below, we'll provide an overview of the day's scores as well as a recap of the ATP and WTA proceedings.

Federer's defeat of Bautista Agut was his seventh in a row without a defeat - or loss of a set - in the series with the Spaniard. Federer was broken once in the first set but in the second won 28 of 31 points on his service. He was unable to reclaim it and Federer served it out comfortably to reach the semifinals. He dominated at the net, winning 21 of 25 points. "I wasn't the player I was before my injury", Haase said. "I was more committed and a step further in, adjusting my position slightly realizing the ball does fly a lot", Federer was quoted as saying on the ATP World Tour's Web site.

Roger Federer beat Robin Haase to qualify for the Montreal Masters final and keep his hopes alive of regaining the world No 1 spot.

With top seed Rafael Nadal knocked out in the third round by Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov, 19-time grand slam victor Federer is thick in the fight for a return to the top of the ATP list. It appears to have been taken at the Rogers Cup nine years ago, when Shapovalov, in the red baseball cap, was nine years old.

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Federer received a rude awakening as he was outplayed and beaten in the first set, but he clawed back to win the second and third to progress into the quarters.

Fourth seeded Alexander Zverev defeated South Africa's Kevin Anderson in straight sets 7-5, 6-4 to set up a clash of rising stars with Shapovalov.

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Now ranked 143rd in the world after a win in a lower-level Challenger event only three weeks ago in Gatineau, Que., Shapovalov will crack the top 70, possibly to 66th, for reaching the semifinals. He defused some of Shapovalov's aggression with stellar defense and he produced a high level of consistency and physicality that the southpaw could not match.

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However, she wasn't fazed this time around. The combination of Federer's terrific serve and aggressive, accurate hitting off the ground will be too much for the Dutchman.

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Bautista Agut fought back from a set down and out-lasted Frenchman Gael Monfils 4-6 7-6 (7/5) 7-6 (7/2) in just under three hours. This will be the first match on hard court.

Looking ahead, history suggests Stephens may be at a disadvantage in the semifinals.

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When match point landed wide, Zverev told Shapovalov during handshakes at the net that the two are sure to meet again and will likely be rivals for many years. He recovered from the precipice, winning a mammoth rally at 15-40 with his physical superiority, and eventually went on to claim a break for 6-5 when Shapovalov-for the third time in the evening-double-faulted a break away.

Federer, Canadian teen Shapovalov reach semis in Montreal