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Tennis: Federer punches ticket to Montreal semis

[MONTREAL] Roger Federer stretched his match win streak to 15 as he outclassed Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 6-4 in the quarter-finals of the Montreal Masters on Friday.

Federer advances to the semi-finals where he will face Robin Haase of the Netherlands who defeated Diego Schwartzman 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 earlier in the day.

Federer hammered five aces, made just two double faults and won 81 per cent of his first serve points in the 68-minute centre court match.

Bautista Agut struggled mightily on his serve as he was broken three times and won just 65 percent of his first serve points.

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Federer posted his seventh consecutive win over the Spaniard and boosted his season record to 34-2. He has a Tour high five titles in 2017.

He will face Dutchman Haas in just the second career meeting between the two.

The pair met in a Davis Cup World Group play-off in 2012 with Federer winning 6-1, 6-4, 6-4.

Federer's chances of winning his third Canadian title were given a boost when top seed Rafael Nadal was upset by world No 143 Denis Shapovalov of Canada on Thursday night.

Shapovalov, who needed a wild card to gain entry into the tournament, takes on Frenchman Adrian Mannarino later in the day.

The other quarter-final features Germany's Alexander Zverev against Kevin Anderson of South Africa.


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