Federer names aggression as his key to success in Rogers Cup

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 13, 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.

And Shapovalov nearly struck in the seventh game, but he wasted three break points at 0-40.

Roger Federer recovered from an uncharacteristic out-of-sorts first set to defeat David Ferrer in the third round of the Rogers Cup.

"I hope it gives me a lot of confidence", Haase said of his performance for the week.

Haase, who upset seventh-seeded Grigor Dimitrov in the third round, was in his first career semifinal of a Masters Series tournament.

Federer is undefeated at Grand Slam and Masters 1000 level this year.

"Against Rafa, it was just a longer, more physical match", said Shapovalov.

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.

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.

Shapovalov has taken major strides this week to reach his goal of cracking the world's top 100 with wins over Rogerio Dutra Silva and 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro. Wozniacki defeated Stephens 6-2, 6-3. Some vintage play at the net helped put Federer 4-2 up with Ferrer seemingly unable to summon a response.

Zverev came out on top in the battle of the young guns.

However, she wasn't fazed this time around.

"I'm looking forward to a tough match because he can serve very well and he mixes up his tactics a lot", said Federer.

Meanwhile Wozniacki rediscovered some of her vintage form as she sealed a semifinal berth with a marathon 7-5, 6-7 (3/7), 6-4 victory over Pliskova. Stephens, who is trying to regain her form after missing nearly a year due to a foot injury, showed flashes of her impressive power game.

But ever since Stephens arrived in Toronto, she's been sharp with wins against Safarova, Angelique Kerber and Petra Kvitova.

The Swiss star has now won 14 straight matches and has lost only twice all year.

That said, Stephens did win the most recent clash (New Zealand in 2016) and should have a formula in mind to frustrate Wozniacki with a spot in the finals on the line.

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