Fed­erer serves up fi­nal with Zverev

New Straits Times - - Sport -

Swiss sec­ond seed Roger Fed­erer used a dom­i­nant ser­vice game to earn a 6-3, 7-6 (75) semi-fi­nal win over Dutch­man Robin Haase at the Rogers Cup in Mon­treal on Satur­day.

Haase, play­ing in his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semi­fi­nal, did well to force a sec­ond­set tiebreak but Fed­erer proved too much to han­dle in a match dur­ing which he fired down nine aces and dropped only nine points on serve.

Fed­erer played Ger­man Alexan­der Zverev, who beat Cana­dian De­nis Shapo­valov 6-4, 7-5, in late yes­ter­day’s fi­nal.

Fed­erer, a 19-times grand-slam cham­pion, whose five ti­tles this year in­clude wins at the Aus­tralian Open and Wim­ble­don, cred­ited a pos­i­tive mind­set for help­ing him ex­tend his win­ning streak to 16 matches.

“Con­fi­dence can get you a long way, and if you’re feel­ing fine phys­i­cally and you are ready to fight men­tally you have a lot of things in the bag,” said Fed­erer.

Mean­while, Den­mark’s Caro­line Woz­ni­acki rolled into the fi­nal of the WTA Toronto ten­nis by cool­ing off the red-hot Sloane Stephens, while Elina Svi­tolina needed two wins on Satur­day to punch her ticket to the ti­tle match.

Caro­line, the 2010 cham­pion, re­quired 80 min­utes to elim­i­nate a resur­gent Sloane 6-2, 6-3 and reach her sixth fi­nal of 2017.

Fifth seeded Elina quashed de­fend­ing champ Si­mona Halep’s quest for back-to-back ti­tles with a 6-1, 6-1 de­mo­li­tion.

The win came just hours af­ter she ousted reign­ing Wim­ble­don cham­pion Gar­bine Mugu­ruza 46, 6-4, 6-3 in a quar­ter-fi­nal that was post­poned from Fri­day due to rain. Agen­cies

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