QUEEN SCHIPPERS RETAINS 200M TITLE
Montreal, Canada - Swiss star Roger Federer outclassed Roberto Bautista Agut as he inched closer to his sixth title of the season with a 6-4, 6-4 win in the quarterfinals of the Montreal Masters on Friday.
Federer hammered five aces, made just two double faults and won 81 per cent of his first serve points in the 68-minute centre court match. He dominated at the net, winning 21 of 25 points.
"It pays off playing aggressively here in Montreal, plus I feel comfortable at net, so why not spend some time there instead of slugging it out from the baseline," Federer said.
"I think I did a good job again, even though it was tough to control the ball. I got some decent rhythm going."
Federer advances to the semifinals where he will face Robin Haase of the Netherlands, who defeated Diego Schwartzman 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 earlier in the day.
Federer posted his seventh consecutive win over the Spaniard and improved his season record to 34-2. He has a ATP Tour high five titles in 2017.
Federer's chances of winning another title this season were given a boost when top seed Rafael Nadal was upset by world No 143 Denis Shapovalov of Canada on Thursday night.
Shapovalov, who needed a wild card to gain entry into the tournament, continued his cinderella run Friday by rallying to beat Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Mannarino became the fourth established ATP player this week to fall at the hands of the 18 year old lefthanded Canadian.
Shapovalov also upset former US Open winner Juan Martin Del Potro in the second round.
Fourth seeded Alexander Zverev defeated South Africa's Kevin Anderson in straight sets 7-5, 6-4 to set up a clash of rising stars with Shapovalov.
Zverev, 20, is the youngest player ranked in the top 20 in the world and Shapovalov became the youngest since 1990 when he reached the quar- terfinals of the Masters 1000 event.
Wozniacki topples top seed Pliskova
Toronto, Canada - Caroline Wozniacki survived three rain delays to book her spot in the WTA Toronto tournament semifinal with a marathon 7-5, 6-7, 6-4 victory over world No 1 Karolina Pliskova on Friday.
The sixth seeded Wozniacki posted her first career win over a number-one player in seven tries as she blasted eight aces in the two-hour, 56-minute centre court match.
She next faces American Sloane Stephens, who saved three match points in the third set to oust Lucie Safarova 6-2, 1-6, 7-5 in their quarterfinal.
Roger Federer hits a return to Roberto Bautista Agut in Montreal, Canada, on Friday