Roger Federer punches ticket to Rogers Cup semi-finals

“The week for me was very good, but I am now disappointed as I don’t think I played well in the second and third sets”, Schwartzman said afterward.

Federer responded quickly in the second set, going a break up to lead 3-2 before holding for a 4-2 lead.

However, Federer’s experience – having last won the tournament in 2006 and since been a beaten finalist on three occasions – saw him through as the world number three held twice to set up a match point, which he converted against the Haase serve at the first time of asking. He let a set point slip away with Ferrer serving at 3-5, but Federer served out the second set in the 10th game.

Nadal’s 3-6 6-4 7-6 (7-4) loss to 18-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov in the late match not only delighted home fans, but also ensured Andy Murray would remain world No.1 for at least another week.

Dimitrov had won both of their previous meetings in straight sets, although this was their first encounter since 2014.

“It pays off playing aggressively here in Montreal, plus I feel comfortable at net, so why not spend some time there instead of slugging it out from the baseline”, Federer said.

“It’s tough to come out and serve after a 12-minute rain delay”. I’ve been able to keep points short. “But, as I have practiced with him quite a bit, maybe I am better prepared than if I would have never hit with him before”. Roger plays very fast and he didn’t want to rally with me, so he went for his shots.

Haase did well to force a second-set tiebreak but Federer proved too much to handle. I was insecure. I had a lot of problems with other injuries after. “But, in general, to make an achievement like this is good because it shows you can do it”. “At the end that’s what matters because I spent hours and hours on the practice courts in the past year”.

Fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany rolled into the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over 16th-seeded Nick Kyrgios of Australia, and Kevin Anderson of South Africa eliminated Sam Querrey of the United States 6-4, 6-1. I started to believe more and more again.