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Rafael Nadal crashes out, Roger Federer advances in Rogers Cup

13 August 2017

I mean, I go from being not known to, you know, being so known in the tennis world, in Canada in general.

The pair played the final last week in Washington, with Zverev winning to claim his fourth title of the season. Bautista Agut struggled on his serve as he was broken three times and won just 65 percent of his first serve points.

"I was little bit bummed out because I thought Rafa was going to watch me play, you know, before his match", he said, laughing and eliciting chuckles from the reporters in the room.

Almost untouchable on serve, Federer flew threw a three-ace game in about a minute leveling at 2-all.

Wozniacki has won five of six career meetings between the two, and they've all come in straight-set fashion.

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Unlike the match against Ferrer, in which he made a lot of unforced errors before managing a 4-6,6-4, 6-2 win, Federer was in complete control while decimating Agut.

The 20-year-old German remained on course to win back-to-back ATP Tour titles with a 7-5 6-4 victory against Kevin Anderson, the player he beat in last week's Citi Open final.

Denis Shapovalov hung on and hung on but in the end it wasn't enough Saturday night in Montreal. Shapovalov also upset former US Open victor Juan Martin Del Potro in the second round. Haase had won 14 of 18 first-serve points by the time he threw down a love hold for 5-4. It set up a wild final game, with Shapovalov saving two match points and Zverev erasing three break points before it ended with a misfired backhand by the Canadian.

But Shapovalov broke again in the ninth game and clinically served out to the delight of the crowd. "I knew that was a very big turning point", Shapovalov said. That took me, honestly, a couple of years to get more calm in my head, that I have to deal with it.

Haase improved to 5-0 all-time against Schwartzman with his comeback after losing the opening set.

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That said, Stephens did win the most recent clash (New Zealand in 2016) and should have a formula in mind to frustrate Wozniacki with a spot in the finals on the line. I always said that the ranking, if you're not No. 1 in the world, doesn't count really. "I was not as fast". I feel like I'm playing well, so I know that I have to serve a lot better tomorrow than I did today. Then this kind of eats you up inside mentally. "I still have to work really hard every day".

"I started off pretty slow, just drained from yesterday". My game is better.

Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev meet Sunday in the final of the 2017 Rogers Cup.

For Federer, it was his 59nd ATP 1000 semi-final and a 16th consecutive win - his longest since 2012, when he was the world's top ranked player.

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Rafael Nadal crashes out, Roger Federer advances in Rogers Cup