Federer dumps Haase to reach another Montreal final

Canada's Denis Shapovalov advanced to the Rogers Cup semifinals with a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over France's Adrian Mannarino on Friday night.

Unseeded Argentine Diego Schwartzman posted a odd win over American Jared Donaldson 0-6, 7-5, 7-5 to advance to a quarterfinal meeting with Robin Haase, the 52nd-ranked Dutchman who upset seventh-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-1.

Federer hammered five aces, made just two double faults and won 81 per cent of his first serve points in the 68-minute centre court match.

The 36-year-old Federer was on Thursday outplayed from the baseline in the early going by the unseeded Ferrer, who broke the 19-time Grand Slam champion's serve twice in taking the first set, reports Efe. He has a ATP Tour high five titles in 2017.

Although the Dutchman surprisingly broke back, Federer immediately restored his two-game cushion before holding to love for the second time in three attempts.

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He is 1-0 against Haase after a straight-sets win in Davis Cup play in 2012.

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. Shapovalov, who needed a wild card to gain entry into the tournament, takes on Frenchman Adrian Mannarino later in the day. "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". "It's tough to come back and play that same level".

Haase rallied after losing the opening set to improve to 5-0 all-time against Schwartzman. I started to believe more and more again.

Federer said he knows Haase well from serving with him on the ATP player council and from practicing together.

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