Fed­erer in Rogers Cup fi­nals

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Roger Fed­erer con­tin­ued his long­est win­ning streak in five years by reach­ing the Rogers Cup fi­nal. The se­cond-seeded Fed­erer used a 6-3, 7-6 (5) vic­tory over un­seeded Robin Haase of the Nether­lands on Satur­day to reach his sixth fi­nal of the year and win his 16th con­sec­u­tive match.

He had con­sid­er­ing skip­ping the event, which would have been dis­as­trous for the pro­mot­ers with world No. 1 Andy Mur­ray as well as No­vak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka al­ready out with in­juries. But Fed­erer de­cided to play and now has a chance to add to a tally that in­cludes Aus­tralian Open and Wim­ble­don ti­tles this year.

“I’m very happy that I’ve made it here,” he said. “It was a good de­ci­sion for me. If I would have known I would have gone to the fi­nals, I would have said ‘yes’ right away. Some­times you’ve just got to wait and see how you feel. I’m most happy that I’m ac­tu­ally re­ally healthy going into the fi­nals. I haven’t wasted too much en­ergy. I’ve been able to keep points short. I’ve been re­ally clean at net. I think my con­cen­tra­tion and just my play­ing has gone up a notch. I’m just play­ing bet­ter.”

Fed­erer is look­ing for a third Rogers Cup ti­tle but his first in Mon­treal, hav­ing won in 2004 and 2006 in Toronto. A vic­tory would give Fed­erer, cur­rently ranked third in the world, one of the top two seeds at the U.S. Open that be­gins Aug. 28 in New York.

The 36-year-old has his long­est win­ning streak since 2012. In Sun­day’s fi­nal, he will face the win­ner of the se­cond semi­fi­nal be­tween 18-year-old Denis Shapo­valov of Rich­mond Hill, Ont., and 20-year-old Alexan­der Zverev of Ger­many.

“I think those young play­ers don’t quite know what to ex­pect, and (nei­ther) do I, be­cause no­body quite knows,” said Fed­erer. “Even though, Zverev is a more ex­pe­ri­enced player than Shapo­valov at this stage.

“It’s a huge opportunity for them. It’s ex­cit­ing. To have a player at 18 or 20 years old in the fi­nals of a Masters 1000 is not some­thing we’ve seen very of­ten. Very rarely, ex­cept maybe when Andy, No­vak and Rafa (Nadal) were com­ing up. They were such great teenagers that we maybe saw it more of­ten. Not even I prob­a­bly achieved fi­nals of a Masters 1000 at that age. It’s very ex­cit­ing for ten­nis.”

Haase, who up­set sev­enth-seeded Grigor Dim­itrov in the third round, was in his first ca­reer semi­fi­nal of a Masters Series tour­na­ment. “I hope it gives me a lot of con­fi­dence,” Haase said of his per­for­mance for the week. “Next week (in Cincin­nati), dif­fer­ent con­di­tions, dif­fer­ent courts, so it’s tour­na­ment by tour­na­ment. But, in gen­eral, to make an achieve­ment like this is good be­cause it shows you can do it.”

— AP

MON­TREAL: Roger Fed­erer, of Switzer­land, serves the ball to Robin Haase, of the Nether­lands, dur­ing Rogers Cup ten­nis ac­tion, in Mon­treal on Satur­day.

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