Flawless Federer cruises into the semifinals

Top seed Rafael Nadal faced a stunning R16 exit at the ongoing Rogers Cup, but second seed Roger Federer seems to be nonchalantly going about his business in Montreal. An updated schedule and order of play can be found on the tournament's official website.

Federer, who is playing his first tournament since winning his eighth Wimbledon title, struggled a bit at the beginning of his Thursday match against Spanish veteran David Ferrer and was forced to play three sets.

He'll now meet another Spaniard, Roberto Bautista Agut, in the last eight.

By the time the breezy 6-4, 6-4 win came to a close, Federer had won 81 percent of the first-service points and 50 percent of his break-point opportunities. He lost his singles match against Dan Evans in straight sets but wins by Vasek Pospisil in both his singles matches and a Great Britain victory in the doubles match made the score 2-2, which meant that the match between Shapovalov and Kyle Edmund would be the decider.

Federer, who was playing his first match since his emotional Wimbledon triumph, lost just three points on serve throughout what was an extremely one-sided contest. "I was more committed and a step further in, adjusting my position slightly realizing the ball does fly a lot".

After taking most of the previous 12 months off from championship play, Federer-who turned 36 this month-began the year with a thrilling victory at the Australian Open. He recovered from the precipice, winning a mammoth rally at 15-40 with his physical superiority, and eventually went on to claim a break for 6-5 when Shapovalov-for the third time in the evening-double-faulted a break away.

Federer, who will battle with Rafael Nadal at the Cincinnati Masters next week to replace Andy Murray as world number one, faces Alexander Zverev in Sunday's final.

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The stirring comebacks that 18-year-old Shapovalov used to become the youngest player to reach the semifinals of a Masters 1000 Series tournament died out when 20-year-old Zverev proved a little sharper and downed the Richmond Hill, Ont., lefthander 6-4, 7-5 on Saturday night.

No. 6 Caroline Wozniacki def.

"I went up a break in the second set early and even though he broke me back I felt like - OK, I am capable of breaking him".

When the new world rankings come out on Monday he will be 67th in the world and the youngest player in the top 100.

However, she wasn't fazed this time around. I don't know how much Rafa cares about the year-end number one or if he just cares about getting back to it for a short while. Her served out the set in the ninth game. "You have to win these matches".

Looking ahead, history suggests Stephens may be at a disadvantage in the semifinals.

It will be just the second career meeting between the two.

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