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Ending dream run, Israel-born Shapovalov knocked out of Rogers Cup

Ending dream run, Israel-born Shapovalov knocked out of Rogers Cup

Second-seeded Roger Federer sailed past 12th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut in just 68 minutes on Friday to advance to the semifinals of the Rogers Cup at Montreal.

The stirring comebacks that 18-year-old Shapovalov used to become the youngest player to reach the semifinals of a Masters 1000 Series tournament died out when 20-year-old Zverev proved a little sharper and downed the Richmond Hill, Ont., lefthander 6-4, 7-5 on Saturday night. It got worse for Polansky as he fell to a 5-0 deficit in the second set, and came to within a point of being bagelled.

Shapovalov will now be ranked 67th in the world when the new list comes out.

But while Ferrer managed to take the opening set - ending Federer's 32-set streak - the Swiss ace raised his game to win 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

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. But he comes up against one of the best net players in the world in Roger Federer.

"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.

However, as great champions usually do, the Swiss improved as the match went on and found a way to win.

Can't remember the last time a Federer semi got short-shrifted on the live-broadcast.

Robin Haase of the Netherlands in action against Roger Federer of Switzerland during the ATP Rogers cup men's semi final in Montreal, Canada, 12 August 2017. "Both things combined, two major factors in a beginning of a match, I was able to get into the match better".

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The other semifinal will be Canadian Cinderella wildcard Denis Shapovalova, who upset Adrian Mannarino 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, against No. 4 seed Alexander Zverev, who defeated unseeded Kevin Anderson 7-5, 6-4.

Federer finally began to hit his spots on serve, while tightening up his game from the back of the court.

"He played well", Nadal said.

In a widely circulated photo from the 2008 Rogers Cup, a then-nine-year-old Shapovalov can be seen posing next to Nadal, but the Canadian up-and-comer said on Friday he doesn't remember the picture being taken.

After Wozniacki sent Pliskova packing, American Sloane Stephens saved three match points and muscled her way past Lucie Safarova in a three-set thriller.

Federer, who is 34-2 this year, will meet Dutchman Robin Haase in the semis. I started to believe more and more again.

"I've been working on it a lot in the past few years".

"I hope it gives me a lot of confidence", Haase said of his performance for the week.

The win was an encouraging step forward for Stephens, who missed 11 months due to a foot injury and stumbled to a first-round defeat at Wimbledon against Alison Riske in her return to the court.


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