Fed­erer comes back from dropped first set to beat Fer­rer

Cape Breton Post - - Sports -

Roger Fed­erer over­came a weak first set to post a 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 vic­tory over Spa­niard David Fer­rer in a bat­tle of vet­er­ans in the third round Thurs­day at the men’s Rogers Cup.

In to­day’s quar­ter-fi­nals, sec­ond-seeded Fed­erer will face 12th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain, who out­lasted French­man Gael Mon­fils 4-6, 7-6(5), 7-6 (2) on cen­tre court at Uniprix Sta­dium.

Un­seeded Ar­gen­tine Diego Schwartz­man posted a strange win over Amer­i­can Jared Don­ald­son 0-6, 7-5, 7-5 to ad­vance to a quar­ter-fi­nal meet­ing with Robin Haase, the 52nd-ranked Dutch­man who up­set sev­enth­seeded Grigor Dim­itrov of Bul­garia 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-1.

Fed­erer, who breezed past Cana­dian Peter Polan­sky in the sec­ond round on Wed­nes­day, looked lost in the open­ing set, spray­ing balls long, wide or into the net, but grad­u­ally re­dis­cov­ered at least some of the form that has seen the 36-yearold Swiss put back the clock with two grand slam wins this year. Fed­erer is 17-0 in his ca­reer against 35-year-old Fer­rer, who was ranked third in the world in 2013 but is now at No.33.

Bautista Agut fought off a match point to force a tiebreaker, which the tired­look­ing Mon­fils opened with a dou­ble fault and never chal­lenged again in the mostly un­event­ful match last­ing two hours 56 min­utes.

The un­seeded Mon­fils played his third straight three-set match, in­clud­ing an up­set win over fifth-seeded Kei Nishikori in the sec­ond round.

Schwartz­man, a five-foot­seven 140-pound Ar­gen­tine, saved four match points to up­set third-seeded Do­minic Thiem in the sec­ond round. The win over Don­ald­son put him in a quar­ter-fi­nal for the sixth time this year. Schwartz­man’s only ATP win was on clay in Is­tan­bul last year.

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.

Late Thurs­day, Cana­dian De­nis Shapo­valov faced top seed Rafael Nadal.

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Roger Fed­erer of Switzer­land ap­proaches the net to vol­ley to David Fer­rer of Spain dur­ing round of 16 play at the Rogers Cup ten­nis tour­na­ment in Mon­treal, Thurs­day.

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