Fed­erer to meet Zverev for ti­tle

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Mon­treal, Canada - Swiss su­per­star Roger Fed­erer turned in a pre­ci­sion per­for­mance on Satur­day at the ATP Mon­treal Open ten­nis, us­ing thun­der­ing serves and clever back­hands to de­feat un­seeded Robin Haase for a spot in the fi­nal.

The 36 year old Fed­erer blasted nine aces and lost just nine points on his serve as he ex­tended his match win streak to 16 - his long­est win streak in five years. He raised his game to an­other level when it mat­tered most, beat­ing Nether­lands Robin Haase 6-3, 7-6 in just 75 min­utes.

"I'm very ex­cited to be back in the fi­nals," Fed­erer said. "A bit sur­pris­ing, to be quite hon­est, be­cause I hadn't prac­ticed much."

Sec­ond seeded Fed­erer will clash on Sun­day with Ger­man Alexan­der Zverev who ended the Cin­derella run of 18 year old Cana­dian De­nis Shapo­valov with a 6-4, 7-5 win in the other semi­fi­nal.

The 19-time Grand Slam win­ner Fed­erer is seek­ing his 27th Mas­ters 1000 ti­tle and his third Cana­dian Mas­ters crown af­ter wins in 2004 and 2006.

Zverev, 20, will have a much tougher time against the skilled veteran Fed­erer than he did in beat­ing Shapo­valov. Zverev came into Mon­treal with four ti­tles this sea­son while Shapo­valov had just three ca­reer match vic­to­ries. Shapo­valov leaves Mon­treal with seven ca­reer wins, in­clud­ing a shock­ing up­set of ten-time French Open cham­pion Rafael Nadal.

Woz­ni­acki snaps Stephens’ run

Toronto, Canada - 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.

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

Fifth seeded Svi­tolina 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 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in a quar­ter­fi­nal that was post­poned from Fri­day due to rain.

(AFP)

Roger Fed­erer of Switzer­land cel­e­brates his vic­tory over Robin Haase in Mon­treal, Canada, on Satur­day

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