Resurgent Federer advances to Montreal final

Federer overcomes sloppy start to down Ferrer

The 36-year-old Swiss will next face unseeded Dutchman Robin Haase, a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 victor over Diego Schwartzman of Argentina.

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

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

Bautista Agut's response showed character, though, and he broke back following a sloppy Federer service game which culminated in an unforced error from the 19-time grand slam champion.

Second-seeded Roger Federer advanced to the quarterfinals of the ATP Rogers Cup in Montreal on Thursday, but it was not easy.

But while Ferrer managed to take the opening set - ending Federer's 32-set streak - the Swiss ace raised his game to win 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

'And then the only thing that maybe is missing is practice, but sometimes practice is overrated.

The second seed this week, Federer was typically dominant on serve for much of the match and never really looked likely to fall victim to an upset against an opponent playing a Masters 1000 semi-final for the first time.

"So I don't quite know with Robin what I'm going to get".

"I came from vacation, did some fitness, saw how I was feeling and said, 'You know what, I practiced so much the previous year, let's go play some matches'".

Shapovalov, who was born in Israel and moved to Canada before his first birthday, had a great chance at 4-3 in the second set but failed to convert on his three break points.

"It's a big bonus right now and I hope I can play as free as I have so far in the finals tomorrow".

I expect a good match, " noted the Master, who has won the only clash between the two players, in 2012.

Ultimately, Zverev played better in the key moments, finishing with two aces, winning 81 percent of his first-serve points and breaking the Canadian three times.

Haase, who hit 17 winners, made a later charge and forced a second-set tiebreak before Federer stymied the challenge to win the match. "I think it is because I went more to the net, which was not possible against Ferrer", analyzed Federer.

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