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Federer beat Agut to book showdown with first-time Masters 1000 semi-finalist Haase

Roger Federer continued his march towards a third Rogers Cup triumph with a straight-sets win over Roberto Bautista Agut on Friday.

The Wimbledon champion, seeded second in Canada, secured a 6-4 6-4 victory in under 70 minutes to book a showdown with first-time Masters 1000 semi-finalist Robin Haase.

Federer dropped the first set in his last-16 win over David Ferrer and was given a stern examination in Friday’s opener in Montreal.

Bautista Agut’s serve finally came under concerted pressure in game seven, but Federer surprisingly misfired with a pair of backhands as the Spaniard held firm.

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.

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That left Federer serving for the set and the 36-year-old made no mistake, holding to love in a game sealed by an ace.

The Swiss maestro took that momentum into the opening game of the second set and, despite a poor volley gifting Bautista Agut a point, he broke to apparently seize control.

Bautista Agut’s response showed character, though, and he broke back following a sloppy Federer service game which culminated in an unforced error from the 19-time grand slam champion.

Hopes of a revival were, however, short-lived, with Federer upping his levels to break again as he combined his fluid movement with some pinpoint shots to confound his rival.

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That set the stage for Federer to wrap up the contest in relatively short order and he will be firm favourite to down Haase in the last four of a tournament he last won in 2006.

ajike

Ajike is one of Nigeria's top Sportscasters with over 15 years of experience in writing and talking Sports.

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