Two time former champion Roger Federer has booked his place in the last four of the ATP Masters series event in Montreal for the Roger’s Cup on Friday. The 2004 and 2006 champion when the tournament was played in Toronto, will now be the hot favourite to win his first title in Montreal as he is joined by the German Alexander Zverev, local hope Dennis Shapovalov of Canada and the Dutchman Robin Haase, with only Zverev having won a Master’s title in Rome this year, while Haase and Shapovalov the remaining players who will be making their maiden appearance at Master’s series level in the semi finals.
The Roger’s cup is played alternating between Toronto and Montreal, and Federer who struggled past Spanish veteran David Ferrer in three sets on Thursday, put up an improved performance on Friday against Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain as he came through 6-4, 6-4, dropping serve only once in the match lasting one hour eight minutes. He hit five aces and converted on three out of six break point chances, while saving two out of three break points he faced.
He will be aiming for his 27th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title after his seventh straight win over the Spaniard and now boasts a 34-2 record for year which includes five titles so far. Up next is the Dutchman Robin Haase, who will appear in his first Masters 1000 semi-final after a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 win over the Argentine Diego Schwartzman. It was his fifth win in as many matches over the 36th ranked Argentine. Haase is ranked 52nd in the world.
The fourth seeded German Alexander Zverev won his quarter final over the South African Kevin Anderson 7-5, 6-4 in what was a rematch of the final played at the Citi Open in Washington D.C., on Sunday. It was his fourth win over the 32nd ranked Anderson in as many meetings and now improves to 44-13 for the year, having won four titles in 2017 so far.
Zverev next plays the 18 year old Denis Shapovalov, darling of the Montreal crowd, who took out the French left hander Adrian Mannarino 2-6,6-3,6-4. The 143rd ranked wildcard entry who had won only one out of six matches played this year, had earlier beaten the 2009 runner up Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina whom he calls his “Idol” and then caused the biggest upset of the tournament as he came from behind to beat the top seeded Spaniard Rafael Nadal.
The following is the line up for the last four with my pick mentioned first :-
Roger Federer (2) v. Robin Haase (-) ; Federer leads 1-0
Alexander Zverev (4) v. Denis Shapovalov (-) ; first meeting.
– Rasesh Mehta [Rasesh Mehta is an analyst with the Tennis Galaxy. You can reach him at the email: sportzcosmos@]