Federer holds a 2-1 edge in career meetings with the German, including a victory on grass in June.
Perhaps it was understandable that the Swiss maestro was a little rusty on this occasion, for this was only his second competitive match since winning an unprecedented eighth Wimbledon. The US$220,760 he earned by reaching the semifinals more than doubled his career prize money. Should he avenge that loss, Zverev would tie Federer for the most titles this year.
Federer broke Ferrer’s serve in the opening game of the third set, then saved a break point in the second game while taking a 2-0 lead.
This match might have been a ideal wake up call for Federer, who has a 33-2 record this season.
Zverev ended the final hopes of the 143rd world-ranked newcomer, who moved with his family to Canada before his first birthday, with a 6-4, 7-5 victory.
Frenchman Monfils fended off four match points to beat Japanese world number nine Nishikori in a three-set thriller 6-7 (4), 7-5, 7-6 (6).
Zverev has now won his last 9 matches after winning Washington last week, and 10 straight in Masters events following that Rome title. Despite being up against the Dutch crowd backing their man, Federer came through the match very comfortably.
“Like the media was putting it, it was a dream week for me”, said Shapovalov. “It was a good decision for me”. 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. Sometimes you’ve just got to wait and see how you feel. “A bit surprising, to be quite honest, because I hadn’t practiced much”. I’ve been able to keep points short. I thought that was really nice’. Just as Nadal’s grinding performances fit seamlessly with the name, “King of Clay”, it is hard to imagine a player more synonymous with the grandeur and history of Wimbledon than Federer.
Second-seeded Roger Federer advanced to the quarterfinals of the ATP Rogers Cup in Montreal on Thursday, but it was not easy.
Lifting a third trophy along with an equal-or-better finish with Nadal next week in Cincinnati would send Federer to the top ranking spot on August 21, a week before the start of the US Open. “I got some decent rhythm going”.
“It’s a huge opportunity for them”.
“It’s a good race and it’s exciting for tennis”. However, from that moment, I wasn’t the player I was before my injury.
“I don’t even want to think about it – that would be so great”.
He is 26 times a champion at this level, whilst Haase is competing in his first Masters 1000 semifinal.
“Rafa took a lot out of me”. “It drains you because you know you can do better, but actually your own body is not letting you”.