Montreal | Shapovalov scores again
The Canadian teenage sensation Denis Shapovalov continues his remarkable run with another three set win to reach the semi-finals of the Rogers Cup in Montreal, a Masters 1000 event.
I’ve been against the wall a couple times this week and I’m very happy I’ve come out several times just playing really good tennis in those situations, Denis Shapovalov
Having upset Rafa Nadal in the previous run, Shapovalov beat France’s Adrian Mannarino 2-6 6-3 6-4 and faces Alexander Zverev, the fourth seed for a place in the final.
“I’ve been against the wall a couple times this week and I’m very happy I’ve come out several times just playing really good tennis in those situations,” said Shapovalov, “I think it really shows how I’ve improved mentally, along with just finding my game at the right moments.”
The second-seeded Roger Federer continued his mastery over 12th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain with a 6-4 6-4 victory. The 36-year-old Swiss will next face unseeded Dutchman Robin Haase, a 4-6 6-3 6-3 winner over Diego Schwartzman of Argentina.
“I’m looking forward to a tough match because he can serve very well and he mixes up his tactics a lot,” Federer said looking ahead to his match with Haase. “Sometimes he tends to just roll the ball in and use the big serve, or he uses a slice a lot and comes in.
“So I don’t quite know with Robin what I’m going to get. But, as I have practiced with him quite a bit, maybe I am better prepared than if I would have never hit with him before.”