It was the second meeting between Canadian Peter Polansky and Federer with the latter coming on top at the 2014 Rogers Cup, 6-2, 6-0. "Plus I feel comfortable at the net so why not spend some time up there instead of slugging it out from the baseline?" EPA/WARREN TODACaroline Wozniacki of Denmark celebrates her win over Sloane Stephens of the United States of America after their semi-final match in the Rogers Cup Women's Tennis tournament in Toronto, Canada, 12 August 2017. There is already talk of giving him a wild card entry into the U.S. Open at the end of the month due to his new ranking instead of trying his luck in the qualifying tournament.
"My whole life has changed in the past five days", he said. He is the lowest-ranked player to reach a Masters semifinal since Andrei Pavel (191st) in 2003 in Paris and the lowest to get to a Rogers Cup semifinal since Harel Levy (144th) in 2000.
A strangely error-prone Federer was unable to generate his usual fluency early on, and quickly found himself giving away early breaks to trail 1-4 in the first set. He dominated at the net, winning 21 of 25 points. He had nine aces and seven double faults.
Nadal would have returned to No 1 in the world if he had defeated Shapovalov on Thursday, and then Adrian Mannarino on Friday. He leapt in the air as he closed out the match.
Evening matches on the men's side were highlighted by more sensational stylings from 18-year-old Denis Shapovalov.
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. I was insecure. I had a lot of problems with other injuries after. I felt a little bit rushed. That was I think the thing that I struggled the most with today.
"It's tough to come out and serve after a 12-minute rain delay".
Asked what he felt most proud of, he said "my fighting spirit". I've been able to keep points short. "I also told him that this is just the first match of very, very many that we will play against him". Just getting through it every day.
Swiss star Roger Federer outclassed Roberto Bautista Agut as he inched closer to his sixth title of the season with a 6-4, 6-4 win in the quarterfinals of the Montreal Masters tennis tournament here Friday.
Federer, who was playing his first match since his emotional Wimbledon triumph, lost just three points on serve throughout what was an extremely one-sided contest.
These two played once in the past, which was in the 2012 Davis Cup, a match Federer won in three sets. Haase has won six of his last eight semifinal matches when you include challenger play.
"I hope it gives me a lot of confidence", Haase said of his performance for the week.