Federer forges on in Montreal

12 August 2017 05:09:17 EST
Roger Federer is eyeing the world number one ranking.

Roger Federer set up a clash with Robin Haase in Montreal after extending his winning streak to 15 matches against Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut.

He will face the unseeded Dutchman in the semi-finals of the Rogers Cup after beating Agut 6-4 6-4 in 68 minutes. He is 1/16 to win the encounter, with Haase 9/1 to win.

The winner will take on either Denis Shapovalov or Alexander Zverev in the final.

Now that Rafa is out I know I can make big strides.

Roger Federer

The 36-year-old Swiss is aiming to secure his third Rogers Cup crown and sixth title this season. He is 3/10 to do so.

He also has his sights set on securing the world number one ranking following the elimination of Rafael Nadal from the tournament earlier in the week, along with Andy Murray being sidelined due to a rib injury.

Should he win in Montreal, all he would need to do is match Nadal's result in Cincinnati next week to secure top spot. And Federer is aware of the opportunity, saying: "Now that Rafa is out I know I can make big strides, especially if I was to go further than the semis here. But it's all connected to great play."

In his match against Agut, Federer broke at 4-4 in the opening set and came out on top during three consecutive breaks in the second set, with his aggressive play proving to be fruitful.

Should Federer beat Haase, he'll know that the final will not be easy. Shapovalov was the player who knocked Nadal out of the tournament while he also beat Juan Martin del Potro in round two. Meanwhile, Zverev is the youngest player currently ranked in the world's top 20.

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