Federer downs Bautista Agut to reach Rogers Cup semfinals; Haase advances


19th-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer showcased a spirited performance as he bounced back from a set down against Spain's David Ferrer to book his place into the quarter-finals of the Rogers Cup on Friday.

Ferrer came out all guns blazing and after racing into a 4-1 lead took the first set 6-4 against world No 3 Federer, who had not dropped a set since his shock defeat to Tommy Haas at the Mercedes Cup in June. Shapovalov also upset former US Open victor Juan Martin Del Potro in the second round.

With Federer slowly improving his first serve, Ferrer was unable to carve out the break opportunities he had found in the first set.

Federer responded quickly in the second set, going a break up to lead 3-2 before holding for a 4-2 lead. "It's tough to come back and play that same level".

That set the stage for Federer to wrap up the contest in relatively short order and he will be firm favourite to down Haase in the last four of a tournament he last won in 2006.

"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.

Federer is 17-0 in his career against the 35-year-old Ferrer, who was ranked third in the world in 2013 but is now at No. 33.

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Haase has had to overcome several injuries in his career but says he is finally in a good place.

Federer said he knows Haase well from serving with him on the ATP player council and from practicing together. "I was not as fast". You could see that we were both mentally...

"I've been working on it a lot in the past few years".

Shapovalov showed no sign of nerves in their first ever meeting, the left-hander playing the more aggressive tennis by utilising his huge forehand on roundhouse swings and frequently attacking the net. "My game is better".

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

Fourth seeded Alexander Zverev defeated South Africa's Kevin Anderson in straight sets 7-5, 6-4 to set up a clash of rising stars with Shapovalov.

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