Federer beats Haase, meets Zverev in Montreal final

Tennis: Rogers Cup
Aug 12, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Roger Federer of Switzerland serves against Robin Haase of the Netherlands (not pictured) during the Rogers Cup tennis tournament at Uniprix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

August 13, 2017

(Reuters) – Roger Federer used a dominant service game to beat Dutchman Robin Haase 6-3 7-6(5) in Montreal on Saturday, setting up a Rogers Cup final against German Alexander Zverev.

Haase, playing in his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semi-final, did well to force a second-set tiebreak but Federer proved too much to handle as the Swiss fired down nine aces and dropped only nine points on serve.

Federer, whose five titles this year include the Australian Open and Wimbledon, credited a positive mindset for helping him extend his winning streak to 16 matches.

“Confidence can get you a long way, and if you’re feeling fine physically and you are ready to fight mentally you have a lot of things in the bag,” said the 19-times grand slam champion.

“And then the only thing that maybe is missing is practice, but sometimes practice is overrated. It’s all about the matches at some stage.

“I’m happy I’m playing as well as I am this year on the match courts. At the end that’s what matters because I spent hours and hours on the practice courts in the last year.”

Next up for the Swiss right-hander, who is seeking his third Rogers Cup title after triumphs in Toronto in 2004 and 2006, is Zverev after the fourth seed advanced with a 6-4 7-5 win over Canada’s Denis Shapovalov.

Federer owns a 2-1 edge against Zverev in head-to-head meetings, most recently a 6-1 6-3 win at Halle in June.

Zverev ended Shapovalov’s magical week on his third match point when the 18-year-old, who had been the story of the tournament after a stunning run that included an upset win over world number two Rafael Nadal, sent a backhand wide.

Shapovalov, who was born in Israel and moved to Canada before his first birthday, had a great chance at 4-3 in the second set but failed to convert on his three break points.

“I wasn’t too sharp on the big points,” said Shapovalov, who made headlines in February for inadvertently blasting a ball into an umpire’s face in a fit of rage during a Davis Cup quarter-final.

“I had a couple looks at some second serves and I missed some returns. But at the end of the day he did a good job to make me play those points.”

(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto,; Editing by Neville Dalton/Peter Rutherford)

  • ken

    has any one noticed that all the so called sports on oan is about tennis track and field and golf very boring stuff

  • jerry

    Mental is a big part of the game. Tennis is live in the now game. Must be aware of your shots options in a nanosecond

  • Barry Soetoro-Chin

    Practice is never overrated, Roger the Dodger, it’s what made you a champion.

    • Phil M. Kelley

      Federer is more than a champion. He is the best ever, despite his lack of a season Grand Slam, a feat not duplicated since Rod Laver in 1962

      • Barry Soetoro-Chin

        Pete Sampras was pretty good, too. Didn’t John Newcombe, a competitor of Rod Laver’s from down under, complete the Grand Slam in the late ’60’s?

        • Phil M. Kelley

          Only two men have ever won the Season Grand Slam. Don Budge did it once and Laver twice. Once again, even without the Season Grand Slam, Sampras would rank #2 all time.

          • Barry Soetoro-Chin

            I stand corrected.