Rogers Cup: Roger Federer admits he sometimes feels sorry for opponents


Roger Federer reached the Rogers Cup semi-finals on Friday after coming to the net early and often in a straight sets victory over Roberto Bautista Agut on a windy day in Montreal. Federer dispatched unseeded Dutchman Robin Haase 6-3, 7-6 (5).

It last over 13 minutes long as both players passed up numerous points to win the game, which kept reverting to deuce.

Zverev drew upon that experience on Saturday night to end the sensational run of his 18-year-old opponent, notching a convincing 6-4, 7-5 win and setting a final clash with Roger Federer.

The 24-year-old saved a couple of break points to eventually serve out the opening game, however, before the pair traded breaks over the next couple of games. The win over Donaldson put him in a quarterfinal for the sixth time this year.

By clinching his seventh straight win over the Spaniard in the men's singles event, Federer leads the ATP this season with five titles, including two grand slams, and improved his 2017 record to 34-2.

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.

The world number three Swiss was competing in his eighth quarter-final in Canada and holds the 2004 and 2006 titles.

"Yesterday, I struggled against [David] Ferrer early on, so today was better", he said, per ATPWorldTour. All the while Shapovalov won the adoration of the local fans and dealt with the newfound fame and pressure that goes with it quite admirably.

"I just tried to stay steady, tried to take the ball on the rise and try to stay aggressive when I could and keep my serves aggressive too", Wozniacki said, according to WTATennis. Now ranked third in the world, Roger played his first match on hardcourt in the build-up to the season leading to the U.S. Open at Flushing Meadows, New York. "The crowd really lifted me".

"In the juniors, yeah (and) probably my two times when I beat (Marco) Chiudinelli, because we grew up together in Basel, we played soccer against each other", Federer said. "After one-and-a-half years, I got back".

"If I don't save those match points in the first match, there's no chance of being here".

Roger Federer recovered from an uncharacteristic out-of-sorts first set to defeat David Ferrer in the third round of the Rogers Cup.

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.

"Rafa took a lot out of me".