Montreal - Swiss superstar Roger Federer turned in a precision performance
Saturday at the ATP Montreal tennis, using thundering serves and clever
backhands to defeat unseeded Robin Haase for a spot in the final.
36-year-old Federer blasted nine aces and lost just nine points on his
serve as he extended his match win streak to 16 - his longest win
streak in five years.
He raised his game to another level when it mattered most, beating Netherlands Robin Haase 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) in just 75 minutes.
very excited to be back in the finals," Federer said. "A bit
surprising, to be quite honest, because I hadn't practiced much."
Federer has taken more time off this year than usual. He skipped the clay-court season from April to mid-June.
came from vacation, did some fitness, saw how I was feeling and said,
'You know what, I practiced so much the last year, let's go play some
"It's a big bonus right now and I hope I can play as free as I have so far in the finals tomorrow."
seeded Federer will meet either German Alexander Zverev or young
Canadian Denis Shapovalov in Sunday's final where he will be seeking his
sixth title of 2017.
Federer is undergoing a resurgence this
season after it appeared to many he might be slowing down as he
transitions through his mid-30s.
"Confidence can get you a long
way, and if you're feeling fine physically and you are ready to fight
mentally you have a lot of things in the bag," said Federer, who would
earn the second seed at the upcoming US Open if he wins in Montreal.
then the only thing that maybe is missing is practice, but sometimes
practice is overrated. It's all about the matches at some stage.
happy I'm playing as well as I am this year on the match courts. At the
end that's what matters because I spent hours and hours on the practice
courts in the last year."
The 19-time Grand Slam winner Federer
is seeking his 27th Masters 1000 title and his third Canadian Masters
crown after wins in 2004 and 2006.
Haase, who hit 17 winners, made
a late charge and forced a second-set tiebreak before Federer stymied
the challenge to win the match.
Results on Saturday in the ATP Montreal Masters (x-denotes seeded player):
Alexander Zverev (GER x4) bt Denis Shapovalov (CAN) 6-4, 7-5
Roger Federer (SUI x2) bt Robin Haase (NED) 6-3, 7-6 (7/5)