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Robin Haase reaches the semi-finals at the Rogers Cup

13 August, 2017, 12:08 | Author: Joan Malone
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That snapped a remarkable run of 32 consecutive sets won by Federer, who had seemingly found another gear by breaking Ferrer at the first time of asking in the second. Federer has played the best tennis of anyone for about a year now and doesn't seem to be slowing down. I expect a good match, " noted the Master, who has won the only clash between the two players, in 2012. "I got some decent rhythm going".

Earlier, Haase recovered to defeat Argentine Diego Schwartzman 4-6 6-3 6-3 in their quarter-final.

Federer will be aiming for his sixth title of the year. He has an ATP Tour high five titles in 2017. He will face Dutchman Haas in just the second career meeting between the two.

It was not as convincing as on his first outing facing the Canadian Peter Polansky, but it was enough for the Swiss to leave the field after only 1 h 8 min of game, a win of 6-4 and 6-4 in the pocket.

However, it was a decidedly more hard task against fellow veteran Ferrer, who ultimately came up short in a 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 defeat on Thursday.

Mannarino became the fourth established ATP player this week to fall at the hands of the 18-year-old left-handed Canadian.

Shapovalov was done in by his wicked lefty serve which helped him so much against Nadal, but tonight he gave up six double faults and three of them came on break points. Shapovalov also upset former US Open victor Juan Martin Del Potro in the second round.

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He saved the first with an ace but Ferrer made no mistake with his second set point, converting to take the opener 6-4.

The two players fought a battle rather equal until the Spaniard returns a ball breakage in the middle of the net in the ninth game of the set initial. Because the delay wasn't more than 10 minutes, there was no warm-up for Mannarino and he was broken at 15-40. "I knew that was a very big turning point", Shapovalov said.

The 30-year-old Haase said he always believed he could be competitive at this level, but he had to overcome a serious knee injury early in his career. "I don't think I played that well in those moments".

"I was not as fast". So, these statistics are a bit ridiculous, because I have a lot of respect for David.

"Then this kind of eats you up inside mentally", he said. It drains you because you know you can do better.

Having performed so admirably to force a tie-break, Haase started slowly but again showed his character by winning four points in a row from 4-1 down.

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