Sweet 16 for Federer as another win books Rogers Cup final berth
Aug 13 2017 by Marjorie Miles
Next up for Federer in Friday's quarter-finals of this US Open tune-up event will be 12th-seeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista-Agut, who saved a match point in a narrow 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-2) victory on Thursday over unseeded Frenchman Gael Monfils.
Federer will next face Robin Haase of the Netherlands, who defeated Diego Schwartzman 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 earlier in the day.
Federer hammered five aces, made just two double faults and won 81% of his first serve points in the 68-minute centre court match.
"I'm happy - most happy that I'm actually really healthy going into the finals", said second seed Federer, who has won Masters titles in Indian Wells and Miami in 2017.
He will face Dutchman Haas in just the second career meeting between the two.
He is 1-0 against Haase after a straight-sets win in Davis Cup play in 2012.
Federer, now ranked third, won 6-3 7-6 in Saturday's first semi-final and will next play Denis Shapolov or Alexander Zverev for the trophy on Sunday.
Other quarter-finals later Friday have Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., against Adrian Mannarino of France and fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany against South African Kevin Anderson. "When I broke him, I got that little bit of confidence, and I started believing in my shots again".
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.
Haase rallied after losing the opening set to improve to 5-0 all-time against Schwartzman. "It's tough to come back and play that same level".
Federer said he knows Haase well from serving with him on the ATP player council and from practising together.