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Federer will now play another Spaniard, Roberto Bautista Agut, in the quarter-finals.

The 30-year-old Haase said he always believed he could be competitive at this level, but he had to overcome a serious knee injury early in his career.

Roger Federer extended his winning streak to 16 matches and moved into the Rogers Cup final with a straight-sets victory over Robin Haase in Montreal on Saturday.

"If I would have known I would have gone to the finals, I would have said "yes" right away". "Both things combined, two major factors in a beginning of a match, I was able to get into the match better". "It was a good decision for me". To make history here at Wimbledon really means a lot to me just because of that really.

In a semifinals, seventh-seeded Rohan Bopanna of India and Ivan Dodig of Croatia defeated sixth-seeded Raven Klaasen of the Netherlands and Rajeev Ram of the United States 4-6, 7-6 (8), 11-9; and fifth-seeded Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut of France downed eighth-seeded Oliver Marach of Austria and Mate Pavic of Croatia 7-5, 6-3. The 18-year-old left-hander from Richmond Hill, Ontario beat France's Adrian Mannarino 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 and awaits the victor of the late match between fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany and Kevin Anderson of South Africa. I came from vacation, did some fitness, saw how I was feeling and said, 'You know what, I practiced so much the previous year, let's go play some matches'.

For large spells of the match, the Swiss appeared unusually frustrated, as his first serve dwindled and his much-improved backhand regularly misfired.

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Meanwhile, Roger Federer continued his pursuit of a third Rogers Cup title, but his first in Montreal.

"It pays off playing aggressively here, plus I feel comfortable at net, so why not spend some time there instead of slugging it out from the baseline", Federer said with a smile after the match. Federer holds a 2-1 edge in career meetings with the German, including a victory on grass in June.

"I'm looking forward to a tough match because he can serve very well and he mixes up his tactics a lot", said Federer.

Nadal will overtake Murray in the rankings after next week's Cincinnati Masters, but faces a challenge from Roger Federer, who could prevent the Spaniard reaching top spot for the first time since 2014. "It drains you because you know you can do better, but actually your own body is not letting you".

Having performed so admirably to force a tie-break, Haase started slowly but again showed his character by winning four points in a row from 4-1 down.

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