Federer eases into Rogers Cup semis
Montreal Aug 12 (IANS) Second-seeded Swiss Roger Federer coasted into the semi-finals of the Rogers Cup in Montreal with a 6-4 6-4 victory over Spain s Roberto Bautista-Agut here.
Although the 12th-seeded Spaniard managed to make the score of both sets respectable Federer was much sharper than in his Thursday round-of-16 match against Spain s David Ferrer and never appeared threatened throughout the one-hour eight-minute contest on Friday reports Efe.
The 36-year-old whose titles at the Australian Open and Wimbledon -- the 18th and 19th of his legendary career -- have made him the story of the 2017 tennis season squandered a service-break lead early in the second set when he was broken for the lone time in the match.
But he broke Bautista-Agut s serve in the ensuing game and never looked back.
"I struggled against Ferrer early on so today was better. 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.
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.
In another round-of-16 action 18-year-old Canadian rising star Denis Shapovalov stunned world No. 2 Rafael Nadal 3-6 6-4 7-6 (7-4) and stymied the Spaniard s hopes of regaining the No.1 ranking this week.
Either Nadal or the third-ranked Federer will take over the top spot in the rankings from Scotland s Andy Murray on August 21 following the conclusion of next week s hard-court event in Cincinnati.
Murray has withdrawn from Cincinnati with a lingering hip injury.
Both the Rogers Cup and the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati are tune-up events for the final Grand Slam tournament on the tennis calendar the US Open which gets under way on August 28.