Aggressive Federer cruises to semi-finals in Montreal
Aggressive Federer cruises to semi-finals in Montreal
Roger Federer has booked a spot in the quarters of the Rogers Cup with a win over David Ferrer
13 August, 2017, 11:48
Roger Federer beat Robin Haase to qualify for the Montreal Masters final and keep his hopes alive of regaining the world No 1 spot.
Wimbledon champion Federer, who celebrated his 36th birthday on Tuesday, prevailed 4-6 6-4 6-2 in just under two hours in Montreal. He has won 16 consecutive matches.
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.
"I think those young players don't quite know what to expect, and (neither) do I, because nobody quite knows", said Federer. "And then the only thing that maybe is missing is practice, but sometimes practice is overrated". They ended up beating me at a certain stages, like Roddick, Gonzalez and Soderling.
"My game plan worked better against Bautista Agut than against Ferrer", he said. "You know, he had a good start, I had a better finish". Seventeen is a lot. So, these statistics are a bit ridiculous, because I have a lot of respect for David. "So this type of head-to-head is a bit odd".
Applying forward pressure to force Bautista Agut into awkward passes, Federer attacked and drew a floated lob error posting the third straight break for 2-1. He saved the first with an ace but Ferrer made no mistake with his second set point, converting to take the opener 6-4. He let a set point slip away with Ferrer serving at 3-5, but Federer served out the second set in the 10th game. Federer controlled matters from that point.
Next up for Federer is a quarter-final against 12th-seeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut, who defeated Frenchman Gael Monfils in a marathon match 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-2) on Thursday.
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Ladling a half-volley victor that faded in the front court, Roger Federer made the ball dance and dive extending his dominance of Roberto Bautista Agut.
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Haase fired 13 aces and won 77 percent of his first-serve points to stay in control.
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