PLISKOVA IS OUT; FEDERER TO SEMIS

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

Caro­line Woz­ni­acki de­feated top-ranked Karolina Pliskova, 7-5, 6-7 (3), 6-4, in women’s quar­ter-fi­nal play at the Rogers Cup ten­nis tour­na­ment in Toronto on Fri­day. The match was com­pleted over five hours af­ter its sched­uled start time due to wet weather at Aviva Cen­tre. Woz­ni­acki, the sixth seed from Den­mark, dropped the first three games, but re­bounded to take the open­ing set by serv­ing out at love. Pliskova, from the Czech Re­pub­lic, was play­ing her first tour­na­ment as world No. 1. Woz­ni­acki spent 67 weeks as the world’s top-ranked player in 2010 and ’11 but her rank­ing slipped over the past two sea­sons due to in­juries. In Montreal, sec­ond-seeded Roger Federer con­tin­ued his mas­tery over 12th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain with a 6-4, 6-4 vic­tory in a quar­ter-fi­nal at the men’s Rogers Cup. In Satur­day’s semi­fi­nals, the 36-year-old Swiss will face un­seeded Dutch­man Robin Haase, a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 win­ner over Diego Schwartz­man of Ar­gentina. Federer has won all seven ca­reer matches and taken all 16 sets against the 29-year-old Bautista Agut. He is 1-0 against Haase — a straight-sets win in Davis Cup play in 2012. Haase, 30, reached his first ca­reer Mas­ters Se­ries semi­fi­nal.

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