Rogers Cup 2017: Roger Federer, Caroline Wozniacki Advance in Friday's Action

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The second-seeded Federer used a 6-3, 7-6 (5) victory over unseeded Robin Haase of the Netherlands on Saturday to reach his sixth final of the year and win his 16th consecutive match. But that doesn't change things. In the victory, Federer won 81 percent of his first serve points and 72 percent of his second serve points.

"Yesterday, I struggled against [David] Ferrer early on, so today was better", he said, per ATPWorldTour.

"I'm happy, most happy that I'm actually really healthy going into the finals", said Federer.

However, there was no such reprieve the next time the 12th seed served, with Federer pouncing on his second break-point opening as his opponent fired a forehand wide.

The youngster responded impressively to Nadal easing through the first set to force a decider, where Shapovalov saved three break points before winning an epic 14-minute third game, which included 10 deuces.

That said, Stephens did win the most recent clash (New Zealand in 2016) and should have a formula in mind to frustrate Wozniacki with a spot in the finals on the line.

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"I wasn't too sharp on the big points", said Shapovalov, who made headlines in February for inadvertently blasting a ball into an umpire's face in a fit of rage during a Davis Cup quarter-final.

Shapovalov reached the semifinals of the $4.9-million event Friday night with a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Adrian Mannarino of France.

"I think it pays off playing aggressively here in Montreal".

It should be noted that Federer is bidding to capture his first trophy in Montreal and his third overall in Canada. "The crowd really lifted me".

Both the Rogers Cup and the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati are tune-up events for the final Grand Slam tournament on the tennis calendar, the US Open, which gets under way on August 28. I came back really fast, from zero to 60 in eight months. I don't know how much Rafa cares about the year-end number one or if he just cares about getting back to it for a short while.

Notably, Haase has had a good run in the tournament, beating the likes of Albert Ramos-Vinolas and Grigor Dimitrov en route to his maiden Masters 1000 semi-final. "But, in general, to make an achievement like this is good because it shows you can do it". He recovered from the precipice, winning a mammoth rally at 15-40 with his physical superiority, and eventually went on to claim a break for 6-5 when Shapovalov-for the third time in the evening-double-faulted a break away.

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