QUEEN SCHIP­PERS RE­TAINS 200M TI­TLE

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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.

(AFP)

Roger Federer hits a re­turn to Roberto Bautista Agut in Montreal, Canada, on Fri­day

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