Aggressive Federer travels to semi-finals in Montreal

(Reuters) – Roger Federer get the Rogers Cup semi-finals on Friday in the wake of going to the net early and regularly in a straight sets triumph over Roberto Bautista Agut on a breezy day in Montreal.

World number three Federer, who confronts Dutchman Robin Haase in the last four, was never truly pushed by Spain’s Bautista Agut, who is winless in seven matches against the Swiss maestro.

“I think it pays off playing forceful here in Montreal,” Federer said in a courtside meet after his 6-4 6-4 prevail upon the 12th seed.

“Additionally I feel great at the net so why not invest some energy up there as opposed to slugging it out from the gauge?”

Federer opened the second set with a break and traveled through whatever is left of the match, which kept going a little more than 60 minutes.

With world number two Rafael Nadal wiped out on Thursday by 18-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov and world number one Andy Murray sidelined by rib damage, Federer has a chance to recover his reality number one positioning.

He would need to win the Rogers Cup and have an equivalent or preferable complete over Nadal at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati one week from now to end up noticeably the world number one on Aug. 21.

“Since Rafa is out I know I can make enormous steps, particularly if I somehow managed to go more distant than the semis here. Be that as it may, it’s altogether associated with incredible play,” said the Australian Open and Wimbledon champion.

In the other quarter-finals, Shapovalov originated from a set down to beat Adrian Mannarino of France 2 6-3 6-4, and Germany’s Alexander Zverev rejected South Africa’s Kevin Anderson in straight sets, 7-5 6-4.

Prior, Haase recouped to vanquish Argentine Diego Schwartzman 4 6-3 6-3 in their quarter-final.