CANADIAN teenager Denis Shapovalov shocked top seeded Rafael Nadal to reach the quarter-finals of the ATP Montreal Masters tournament, spoiling the Spaniard's chances of returning to world number one. Entering the encounter, Federer had all the assets on his position as he had won all their six previous meetings.And he did that without losing a set against the 29-year-old Spaniard.
"I went up a break in the second set early and even though he broke me back I felt like - OK, I am capable of breaking him".
Also, the Swiss star will be geared up to make the most of Nadal's absence in the ongoing tournament and strengthen his bid for reclaiming the world number one title.
The first signs of the player who beat Rafael Nadal less than 24 hours earlier came in the fifth game when Shapovalov fought off five break points to win his first game, but Mannarino served out the set.
Polansky held his next two service games but never looked like breaking Federer's serve as the veteran moved into a 5-2 lead.
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.
Having performed so admirably to force a tiebreak, Haase started slowly but again showed his character by winning four points in a row from 4-1 down.
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"It's an unbelievable week for me, a completely life-changing week for me", Shapovalov said on court immediately afterwards, even as the audience at Uniprix Stadium - nee Jarry Park - embraced him in a standing ovation.
EPA/ANDRE PICHETTEKevin Anderson of South Africa in action against Alexander Zverev of Germany during the ATP Rogers cup men's quarter final in Montreal, Canada, 11 August 2017. The combination of Federer's terrific serve and aggressive, accurate hitting off the ground will be too much for the Dutchman. "I'm going to try and recover and enjoy the win today before preparing for tomorrow's match".
Shapovalov had just three wins this season coming into the tournament.
Meanwhile, Roger Federer continued his pursuit of a third Rogers Cup title, but his first in Montreal. "Both things combined, two major factors in a beginning of a match, I was able to get into the match better".
"I'm looking forward to this rivalry", said Zverev. He will now face the number two seed, Roger Feder, in Sunday's final. At a fresh 36 years old, it doesn't feel like anybody can slow Federer down at this moment.
"I've been working on it a lot in the past few years". "You have to win these matches".
Haase, who upset seventh-seeded Grigor Dimitrov in the third round, was in his first career semifinal of a Masters Series tournament. "I was more committed and a step further in, adjusting my position slightly realizing the ball does fly a lot".