Roger Federer eases past Roberto Bautista-Agut in Montreal: Swiss great moves into Rogers Cup semi-final

Leye Aduloju in ATP 12 Aug 2017
  • Roger Federer moved into the Rogers Cup semi-finals with victory over Roberto Bautista-Agut
  • Federer will play Robin Hasse in Saturday's semi-finals
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Roger Federer. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

Roger Federer moved into the semi-finals of the Rogers Cup with a clinical 6-4 6-4 dispatch of Spaniard, Roberto Bautista-Agut on Friday.


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Federer went into the match with a perfect 6-0 record over his Spanish opponent- in fact, Bautista-Agut had not won a set against the great Swiss, and the 19-time Grand Slam champion ensured that remained the case with a display of controlled aggression. He went to the net 25 times, and won 21 of those points. 

Federer had got off to a slow start in the previous round against another Spanish battler, David Ferrer, but he was much better off the blocks on Friday. Despite serving at just 48% in the opening set, he dropped just three points on serve, converting 91% of first serve points, and 83% off his second serve. In fact there were no break points in the opening eight games as Bautista-Agut stuck tight to Federer, but the Swiss made his move in the ninth game, quickly establishing a 15-40 lead before getting the all-important break.

The second set (and the match) was decided on a three-break stretch right at the start. Federer out-broke Bautista-Agut for the 2-1 lead, and held on from there to complete the win after just 68 minutes.

“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”, said Federer of his victory. “I think I did a good job again, even though it was tough to control the ball. I got some decent rhythm going.”

With most of the big guns either missing or eliminated, Federer has an excellent chance of going all the way to win his third Rogers Cup title. It would be his first in Montreal, as his 2004 and 2006 successes were in Toronto.

With no points to defend between now and the rest of the year, Federer also has a terrific shot at the No. 1 ranking- a position he has not occupied since November 2012. Along with great rival, Rafael Nadal, Federer goes into next week’s Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati with a shot at the top ranking, and the Swiss is embracing the whole idea.

“I obviously follow it, because Rafa (Nadal) had an opportunity to get to No. 1 this week," Federer told ESPN television. "I thought it would take a few months to get my teeth into it, but now Rafa is out I obviously know I can make big strides. It’s all connected by great play, but I have to focus on the next match against Haase.”

Roger Federer vs Robin Haase is live from Montreal on Wednesday, 12 August


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