Dutchman Haase tops Schwartzman to reach Rogers Cup semifinals

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 12, 2017

Next up for Federer in Friday's quarter-finals of this US Open tune-up event will be 12th-seeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista-Agut, who saved a match point in a narrow 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-2) victory on Thursday over unseeded Frenchman Gael Monfils.

That left Federer serving for the set and the 36-year-old made no mistake, holding to love in a game sealed by an ace.

The pair met in a Davis Cup World Group play-off in 2012 with Federer winning 6-1, 6-4, 6-4.

Federer secured the decisive first break at 4-4 in the opening set, then got the better of three consecutive breaks early in the second.

With world number two Rafael Nadal eliminated on Thursday by 18-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov and world number one Andy Murray sidelined by a rib injury, Federer has an opportunity to regain his world number one ranking.

"Now that Rafa is out I know I can make big strides, especially if I was to go further than the semis here", Federer said. "But it's all connected to great play", said the Australian Open and Wimbledon champion.

Federer is aiming for the third Rogers Cup win of his career and sixth title of a remarkable 2017 season.

In Saturday's semifinals, the 36-year-old Swiss will face unseeded Dutchman Robin Haase, a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 victor over Diego Schwartzman of Argentina.

Saturday's meeting with Federer will be the Dutchman's first Masters 1000 semi-final of his career.

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