Roger Federer vs Robin Haase ATP Montreal tennis tips, Predictions and Live Stream: Federer targets sixth final of the season

Leye Aduloju in ATP 12 Aug 2017
  • Roger Federer vs Robin Haase is live from Montreal on Saturday, 12 August from 3:00pm local time/ 8:00pm BST
  • Federer won their only previous meeting in a Davis Cup tie in 2012
  • Watch and bet on tennis live from Montreal at bet365 > live streaming > tennis
Roger Federer. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

Roger Federer seeks his sixth final of the season when he takes on Dutchman, Robin Haase in Montreal on Saturday.

Roger Federer vs Robin Haase ATP Rogers Cup tennis is live from Montreal on Saturday, 12 August from 3:00pm local time/ 8:00pm BST
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Federer has only failed to get to the final in two of the eight tournaments he has played this year, in Dubai, when he suffered a bizarre loss to Russia’s Evgeny Donskoy in the second round, and an equally surprising defeat to Tommy Haas in the opening round in Stuttgart. Other than those, the great Swiss has been perfect this season- amassing a brilliant 34-2 record, and a tour-leading five titles.

Federer’s excellent form has put him in position to strike for the No. 1 spot in the world before the end of the year- he won’t quite do it in Montreal, but with no points to defend till the end of the season, he is in pole position to secure the year-end top ranking. A third Rogers Cup title will certainly not hurt that cause.

Federer has not been impeccable in Montreal- he was pushed hard by an inspired David Ferrer in the third round, but despite not being at his best, the great Swiss had a bit too much for the Spanish veteran, recovering from the loss of the opening set to defeat the Spaniard in three. Prior to dropping the first set against Ferrer, Federer has won 30 consecutive sets, dating back to the opening round in Halle.

The Swiss had opened his Montreal campaign with a routine 6-2 6-1 dispatch of Canadian, Peter Polansky- on the day after his 36th birthday, before battling past Ferrer in the third round. Federer followed that up with a more comfortable victory over Roberto Bautista-Agut, scoring a 6-4 6-4 victory over the Spaniard to book his spot in the semi-finals.

The 19-time major winner did not have the greatest serving percentage, but he converted a typically high number of first serve points, while he protected his second offerings brilliantly. He was also quick to put pressure on his opponent by rushing to the net, winning 21 of 25 points in the forecourt.

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

Looking to deny Federer a spot in the Montreal final is Dutchman, Robin Haase, who is appearing in his first ever Masters 1000 semi-final.

Robin Haase. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
The 30-year-old is contesting his third semi-final of the season, following similar efforts in Dubai and Gstaad. He also reached the quarter finals in Halle, where he defeated David Ferrer and David Goffin before falling to Richard Gasquet. Despite all of that, Haase only has a 22-21 record for the season, suggesting that he has been very mediocre elsewhere in an up-and-down campaign. However, armed with a good serve and a powerful forehand, the dangerous Dutchman does have the ability to turn it on, just like he has been doing this week in Montreal.

Returning to the Rogers Cup after a nine-year absence, Haase opened his tournament with consecutive straight set wins over Albert Ramos-Vinolas and Ernesto Escobedo, before scoring a big win over Grigor Dimitrov, finishing strongly after losing the second set to the Bulgarian.

A quarter final clash against Diego Schwartzman presented an excellent opportunity for the two players to convert a good run to a deep run at this level, and it was the diminutive Argentine that made the early running, carving out the decisive break in the tenth game to take the opening set. Haase hit back to dominate the rest of the match. Despite dropping his serve a couple of times, he managed to stay ahead of his opponent, breaking three times in the second set, and twice in the decider to secure the win in just over two hours.

"I'm really happy," said Haase. "I played a lot of good matches, especially yesterday against [Grigor] Dimitrov. It's tough to come back and play that same level. I didn't, but I managed to win because I kept fighting. You could see that we were both mentally... It took a lot out of us. We beat good guys. We've been playing really well. Then to do it on this stage again for your first semis, it's not easy."

It will only get tougher for the Dutchman, as he takes on Roger Federer for just the second time in his career on Saturday. Federer won their only previous meeting in 2012- a 6-1 6-4 6-4 win in the Davis Cup.
Haase can keep this one close if he serves well, and finds his range on the forehand (I also think he has an underrated backhand), but with Federer constantly putting him under pressure- either by taking the ball very early or attacking the net, it’s difficult to see an escape route for Haase. He will have his moments, but not enough to score a very unlikely upset in this Montreal semi-final.

Roger Federer vs Robin Haase is live from Montreal on Saturday, 12 August from 3:00pm local time/ 8:00pm BST

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Roger Federer vs Robin Haase ATP Montreal tennis tips, Predictions and Live Stream: Federer targets sixth final of the season

Roger Federer plays Robin Haase in Montreal on Saturday, looking to reach his sixth final of an outstanding season. Will the great Swiss take down the dangerous Dutchman? Read our preview, predictions and stream the match live online.

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