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Federer concentrates on Montreal, not top ranking shot

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The 36th-ranked Schwartzman next faces the victor between seventh-seeded Grigor Dimitrov and Robin Haase.

Bautista Agut's serve finally came under concerted pressure in game seven, but Federer surprisingly misfired with a pair of backhands as the Spaniard held firm.

He broke service for a 2-1 lead in the third only to hand it back in the next game, but a roar went up when Mannarino wasted a chance to put away a game point and Shapovalov jumped on the chance to break for a 5-4 lead.

Zverev has now won his last 9 matches after winning Washington last week, and 10 straight in Masters events following that Rome title.

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.

The 36-year-old Federer was on Thursday outplayed from the baseline in the early going by the unseeded Ferrer, who broke the 19-time Grand Slam champion's serve twice in taking the first set, reports Efe.

Hopes of a revival were, however, short-lived, with Federer upping his levels to break again as he combined his fluid movement with some pinpoint shots to confound his rival.

No. 2 Roger Federer def. I came from vacation, did some fitness, saw how I was feeling and said, 'You know what, I practiced so much the a year ago, let's go play some matches'.

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"I saved four match points the first round (against Rogerio Dutra Silva)".

It should be noted that Federer is bidding to capture his first trophy in Montreal and his third overall in Canada.

Federer has a 22-1 record on hardcourts this season after winning the Australian Open, Indian Wells and Miami Open titles earlier this year.

Those that have followed along recently know I haven't picked against Federer during his run and don't plan to anytime soon given his current form.

'But I was happy that I was very focused on my service games. I don't know how much Rafa cares about the year-end number one or if he just cares about getting back to it for a short while. "The crowd really lifted me".

The victory marks Wozniacki's first career win against a No.1 and gives the 27-year-old a 6-2 advantage in head-to-head matches with Pliskova.

Donaldson, 20, was seeking a first career quarter-final in a Masters Series tournament, where he is now 0-13 in round of 16 matches. Federer said that he is playing the tournament with a lot more flair and confidence.

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