Shapovalov's Rogers Cup run ends with semifinal loss to Zverev

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"It's a big opportunity, a huge opportunity, the semis (Saturday) and the finals tomorrow, for them", Federer had observed, shortly after dispatching his hugely overmatched semi opponent, Robin Haase, in straight sets: 6-3, 7-6 (5).

"I went up a break in the second set early and even though he broke me back I felt like - OK, I am capable of breaking him".

It will raise his world ranking from 143rd to about 66th.

The first signs of the player who beat Rafael Nadal less than 24 hours earlier came in the fifth game when Shapovalov fought off five break points to win his first game, but Mannarino served out the set.

Monfils, who saved four match points while beating Kei Nishikori on Wednesday, seemed to be in control of the match when he led 3-1 in the second set after winning the first.

Flag-waving fans in the packed grandstands at Uniprix Stadium were hoping for more magic, but the German was too strong, winning 81 per cent of the points off his serve compared to 64 per cent for Shapovalov.

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 just told him that this is the beginning for him".

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He would need to win the Rogers Cup and have an equal or better finish than Nadal at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati next week to become the World No. 1 on August 21.

The men's clashes in Montreal were headlined by a showdown between No. 2 seed Roger Federer and Spanish challenger Roberto Bautista Agut, while a rain-filled women's slate in Toronto featured a compelling matchup between Caroline Wozniacki and No. 1 seed Karolina Pliskova.

'This is how I want to play for the whole week. Her served out the set in the ninth game.

The 18-year-old Shapovalov, who needed a wild card to get into the tournament, continued his giant killing form at the hardcourt tournament by rallying to beat Nadal in three sets, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) on Thursday.

Ferrer's timing from the back of the court was like clockwork in the opening set, as he stepped up onto the baseline and took the match to Federer. EPA/ANDRE PICHETTESloane Stephens of the US in action against Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark during the semi-finals of the Rogers Cup Women's Tennis tournament in Toronto, Canada, 12 August 2017. "I'll try to enjoy as much as I can". "I've seen some great atmospheres over the years".

Haase, who upset seventh-seeded Grigor Dimitrov in the third round, was in his first career semifinal of a Masters Series tournament. Federer has won 15 straight matches on hard court. "I was more committed and a step further in, adjusting my position slightly realizing the ball does fly a lot".

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