Rogers Cup: Roger Federer cruises into semifinals

Second-seeded Roger Federer sailed past 12th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut in just 68 minutes on Friday to advance to the semifinals of the Rogers Cup at Montreal.

Federer rolled to a 6-4, 6-4 victory over the Spaniard to move closer to winning his sixth ATP title of the season.

Federer, who is 34-2 this year, will meet Dutchman Robin Haase in the semis. Haase outlasted Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in his quarterfinal match.

Federer controlled the action at the net, winning 21 of 25 points, while cruising past Bautista Agut.

“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 in a post-match television interview. “I think I did a good job again, even though it was tough to control the ball. I got some decent rhythm going.”

Bautista Agut battled Federer closely in the first set before the Swiss picked up at the pace to win it. Federer held the edge in the second set but Bautista Agut was able to hold his head high despite the outcome.

“I wanted to play a great tournament, and I think I did have a good week,” Bautista Agut told reporters. “Today, I felt that I didn’t get into the rhythm of the match and I didn’t feel the ball well. Roger plays very fast and he didn’t want to rally with me, so he went for his shots.

“To be in the quarterfinals here in Montreal is a very good result for me, also getting hard-court matches under my belt.”

Federer will be facing Haase for the first time since a 2012 Davis Cup match.

Haase improved to 5-0 all-time against Schwartzman with his comeback after losing the opening set.

He also reminisced on his career, saying he finally is back in his comfort zone after being mentally drained by injuries that derailed his career.

“I wasn’t the player I was before my injury,” Haase said. “I was not as fast. I was insecure. I had a lot of problems with other injuries after. Then this kind of…

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