Federer Reigns, But Canadian Wildcard Shapovalov Looms at ATP Montreal
by Staff | August 11th, 2017, 11:34 pm
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It seems to be Roger Federer’s title for the taking this weekend in Montreal at the Rogers Cup.


On Friday Federer continued his net-rushing attack versus No. 12-seeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut, who he topped 6-4, 6-4 to move into the semis.

“I think it pays off playing aggressive here in Montreal,” Federer said. “Plus I feel comfortable at the net so why not spend some time up there instead of slugging it out from the baseline?”

If Federer wins Montreal and finishes ahead of Rafael Nadal next week at Cincinnati, he would re-take the No. 1 ranking, a feat unheard of when he was coming off a six-month injury layoff at the beginning of the year.

“Now that Rafa is out I know I can make big strides, especially if I was to go further than the semis here,” the Swiss said. “But it’s all connected to great play.”

Federer will next meet unseeded Robin Haase, who beat unseeded Argentine Diego Schwartzman 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.

“I played a lot of good matches, especially yesterday against [Grigor] Dimitrov,” Haase said. “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.”

Federer is 1-0 career against Haase, beating him in 2012 in Davis Cup play.

The other semifinal will be Canadian Cinderella wildcard Denis Shapovalova, who upset Adrian Mannarino 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, against No. 4 seed Alexander Zverev, who defeated unseeded Kevin Anderson 7-5, 6-4.

“Without a crowd like this, it’s extremely hard to turn a match around,” Shapovalov told ESPN. “They helped so much to really get me pumped up and get me playing my game.”


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68 Comments for Federer Reigns, But Canadian Wildcard Shapovalov Looms at ATP Montreal

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Not the most exciting tourney in terms of big name match-ups, but a couple incredible story lines nonetheless.
Shapovalov! And he’s not even Canada’s BEST prospect currently. Wait a couple years for Felix… What a DaviS Cup team. Maybe Nestor will have a resurgence for a year, that’s all we’ll need…


Dan the Man Says:

Yes, that’s right @Vagabond. Most of the world isn’t even aware that Tennis Canada is trying to shelter Felix from media attention at this point because he is still so young, just having won the U.S. Open juniors last year barely 16, surrounded by 18 year olds. It’s no wonder the British are trying to copy the Canadian tennis system, having hired the head of tennis Canada Michael Downey 4 years ago.


Gordon Says:

Canada is not exactly trying to shelter Felix; his wrist is slightly injured, or else he would have been awarded a wild card into Montreal.

Now Denis and Felix – who both have turned pro – are on different paths. Denis will be playing main draws. Inside the top 70 he no longer has to qualify for Slams, and he is only about 250 points shy of not having to qualify for future Masters 1000 tourneys. Felix – who is so exciting to watch – will be moving up slowly through Challengers, but yes, expect him on the bigger stage alongside his buddy before long.


Tony N Says:

Canadian news article: “Denis Shapovalov’s magic run continues as Canadian reaches Rogers Cup semifinals”
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/tennis/shapovalovs-magic-run-continues-as-canadian-teen-reaches-rogers-cup-semifinals/article35976057/


Tony N Says:

Canadian news article: “How Denis Shapovalov vaulted over his idol and carved a spot in Canadian sports history”
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/how-denis-shapovalov-vaulted-over-his-idol-and-carved-a-spot-in-canadian-sports-history/article35976832/


Tony N Says:

Craig O’Shannessy, lead analyst for the ATP tour, described Shapovalov as “a left-handed version of Federer, with that one-handed backhand… There is no ceiling for him. He also has great energy and rapport with the crowd [which] goes a long way.” From Britain’s Telegraph newspaper.
http://nationalpost.com/sports/tennis/on-the-rise-get-to-know-budding-tennis-rising-star-denis-shapovalov/wcm/17ffea0b-b9fa-4fda-bba6-53ee765fc03a


FedExpress Says:

Come on Federer you little beauty.


FedExpress Says:

Federer razor sharp

8 points in a row. 3 BPs.


FedExpress Says:

And cheaply gifted away.


FedExpress Says:

Break Federer.


FedExpress Says:

0-30

hmm


FedExpress Says:

3 BPs for Haase.

Federers service has been so so this tournament.


FedExpress Says:

Gifts the break back after that start.

Come on Fed. You can do better than that.


FedExpress Says:

What a BH


Giles Says:

He can’t hear you FE. Shout louder. Lol


FedExpress Says:

Federers return game is good.


FedExpress Says:

Federer breaks again. 3-1


FedExpress Says:

5-2 Federer

Service a bit shaky but return game good. Net game spot on.


jatin Says:

FedExpress
Fed in fine form. Should win this in straights :)


FedExpress Says:

Hhahahaha. That out call.


skeezer Says:

Am glad Giles is here cheering on Fed. But am concerned that Rafa will miss his minion from all the attention he gets from him.

Fed takes to the first!


FedExpress Says:

First set in the bag.

Come on.


FedExpress Says:

ROFL

“Come one Roger” fan

“My name is Robin” Robin Haase


FedExpress Says:

3 aces in a row. 40-0


madmax Says:

Hi FedExpress, Jatin, Skeezer.

Been watching the maestro. Good commentary FedEx. That’s the spirit!

Come on!


madmax Says:

This is a pretty quick match so far.

He is on form, focused and hungry.


FedExpress Says:

Haase playing well in the 2nd.

3-2 for him.


madmax Says:

3:3 FedExpress,

It’s close. Both holding their serve steady.


jatin Says:

Fed playing very aggressive.
He is a lot more aggressive than he has ever been all year in my Opinion. And that’s awesome. Coming to the net, chiping and charging. Its all there :)
Hasse keeping it tight though… Leads 4-3 in the 2nd


jatin Says:

Hey madmax
Hasse playing quite well here.
5-4.
Fed must hold his serve


J-Kath Says:

Dan the Man: I don’t connect Michael Downey with any newsworthy gains in British tennis – surely after 4 years there would have to be more growth or more potential? Perhaps I’m only hearing about what the “Murray’s and Leon Smith are doing – Leon, Judy, Andy, Jamie – and they are also not succeeding if we judge by results.


madmax Says:

Jatin,

Hi there. Yes, it is a tight match in the second set. Let’s hope Fed keeps his focus, otherwise, it will be a TB. Hold your breath now Jatin!

Stay calm FedExpress! That’s an order!


jatin Says:

Should go to the Tie breaker now


madmax Says:

Jatin, let’s see.


madmax Says:

It’s a pretty quick match so far, very strong start from both players.


madmax Says:

Batten down the hatches Jatin, FedExpress.

Here we go, first TB of the tournament.


madmax Says:

Boo Yah!

Come on Fed! Come on!

Have to be energetic and positive, strong and focused.

Come on!


madmax Says:

Hold it. Hold it. Hoolllllldddddd it iiiittttttt!


FedExpress Says:

WTF Roger.


madmax Says:

Okay. So nerves are a bit shaky right now. Can he hold?


madmax Says:

A bit of a nervy tie breaker.


madmax Says:

FedExpress, now, now.

Literally! Federer! NOW! NOW!


FedExpress Says:

Final we coming


madmax Says:

Yep. Got it. Finally.


skeezer Says:

Another Final for Fed. Way to go GOAT!


Berghain Says:

Nice win. Hope he can extend this win streak – 16 matches now. Crazy what Feds doing at 36.


madmax Says:

FedExpress,

Absolutely. Remember, it’s that feeling you get, when Fed comes through. That was a bit of a nerve jangler though at the end, got to say.

Haase was a threat. Fed held his nerve.

Yeaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh


Willow Says:

Congrats on another final to Federer and his fans, waves to Jatin hope your well, any chance of getting on FB ? ….


jatin Says:

Clutch play by fed in the Tie Breaker again.
In another master’s Final again. Loving it so so much… Hoping for fed vs zverev…


Willow Says:

Giles im curious to know if thats the same Jane that used to post here ? ….


Daniel Says:

Great quick match, 1 h and 15 min. This matches Federer is not undr treat, baseline grinders gives him more trouble.

Another Masters final with a chance of 6th title of the seaosn, third Masters and Masters 27.

He will tie lendl as second with 94 titles if he wins.
And will enter cincy as #1 in race and with more points than Nadal. He will just need to do as well or Nadal in Cincy and he will be #1 on Aug 21st. Amazing, who would have thought of this a year ago.

Unbelievable streak. So far 35-2, could be 36-2 tomorrow.

5 finals out of last 6 tourneys, only loss to Hass in Stutgart.

All important tourneys he played made finals: AO / IW / Miami / Wimbledon / Montreal


madmax Says:

Ah the age. That old chestnut! – think of the way that he has played this game, all his life. His playing style, one of longevity, never did beat the hell out of the ball, and now, it has come to a stage where he is reaping the benefit of those thousand plus matches he has under his belt, and that enormous decision he made last year has well and truly paid off, at this point.

I think the same will happen to Novak next year. These are not easy decisions to make, but my oh my, when you see what can happen long term, it should be written into all the players contracts! :-)

A good match. Solid. With a few moments of stress.

Fantastic Federer.


jatin Says:

Thanks Willow.
I am fine, how are you ? :)
I am not in FB, doesn’t like it much. Sorry :/


Willow Says:

Hope the next semi is a quick match, with both players getting to the final on an even footing, agree with Giles on the timing of the second semi, seems a bit unfair ….


madmax Says:

Daniel,

This is so, but remember, he lost in Dubai, second round. Thought not a masters, was still a bit of a shock after Australia. Since then however, no looking back.

And to play one of the young guns in the final tomorrow. That will be amazing. I don’t take for granted that Federer has no competition. Either Shapovalov or Zevrev, have absolutely nothing to lose and will love the challenge of making their mark. Especially Denis, amongst his home crowd. That would be amazing.

For now, will enjoy another Final that Federer has worked hard for and he can now enjoy the match and look out for the weak spots.


madmax Says:

I hear you Willow but it is what it is. You have to roll with the punches and you know that. It is the same for each and every player, that has included Rafa, Andy and Novak in the past, when they have had the extra rest. We can’t complain when things like this happen. Fed has had his fair share of not having enough hours rest and thankfully, the guys playing now, are 20 years younger than Federer.

Imagine that. 20 years younger, so their recovery time will be a lot, lot quicker.


Willow Says:

Madmax exactly, i do actually think Novak has had a pretty raw deal on that front quite alot in fact ….


Willow Says:

Jatin all good thanks, just curious about FB as i speak to quite a few TX posters there, but i agree its not for everyone , anyway looking forward to my next camp begining of September ….


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Pretty amazing that the 148 rank player gets the prime time spot, but thats Shapovalov Fever.


Berghain Says:

Im already looking ahead to Cincinnati. Draws out and Nadal can maybe get his revenge against Muller in the 3d round, if that match happens.


J-Kath Says:

Madmax

Sorri but rather agree with Willow, and am somewhat shocked at the time slots for the semis – fairness calls for them to be as close as possible – can’t recall anything similar happening at a Masters before – apart from rain problems.


rognadfan Says:

TV, not surprising that Sap-Zverev got the primetime. On paper, Fed-Hasse was supposed to be pretty routine, or anything but a nailbiter.
Sap-Zverev match is more exciting on paper + whole country is behind him. Not just that, it’s the ciderella story that’s caught everyone’s attention in the tennis world.

In the end, it is the Business!

Good match by federer. Couldn’t watch the second set but it seems, Hasse put up a better fight in the 2nd. There was never any hope of a nailbiter though, for me atleast.

94th Coming soon…


Humble Rafa Says:

Draws out and Nadal can maybe get his revenge against Muller in the 3d round, if that match happens.

Cincy is so fast, I don’t consider it a tennis court.


skeezer Says:

^apparently, you do think it’s a tennis court, You entered


Dan The Man Says:

@JKath I didn’t say that Michael Downey would improve the British system (I suspect it’s still too early to tell after 4 years), I just pointed out that Canadian success has caught the attention of other countries, and Britain hired the head of it for that reason. I suspect with Wimbledon and Britain’s long tennis history, it is likely a lot more political organization, and hiring just one person may not change much, because they wouldn’t have the freedom to make big changes. Britain has a history of paying big bucks to bring someone successful elsewhere rather than develop that talent domestically. Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England being another example, having been a very successful Governor of the Bank of Canada for several years before that. As I said,however, I’m not convinced that’s the best approach for the British. The political systems and cultures are very different.


J-Kath Says:

Dan the Man:

Gosh, it seems a century ago when Michael Downey became a sub-topic….but it’s only 3 days. Amazing how time flies when you’re having fun….so they tell me. Apart from future star Denis, who is a great wee guy, there’s only Raonic making a bit of a buzz – don’t dislike him nor dislike Carney – but won’t lose any sleep over them. Can’t think of anything new to say except that Downey ain’t much admired here – and prefer the Murray family and Leon Smith to spear-head our Tennis. I’ll make you a deal: You can have Carney and Downey back and we’ll give citizenship to Denis.

Cheers. K.


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