ATP Montreal: Roger Federer beats Robin Haase to reach 45th Masters final- View: 30188 by Jovica Ilic
Roger Federer's dream season just became even better, as he reached his 6th final from 8 tournaments in 2017! Swiss star defeated unseeded Robin Haase 6-4 7-6 in an hour and 15 minutes to reach the final in Montreal, his 45th of the Masters 1000 series which ties him with Rafael Nadal on the all-time list, leaving Novak Djokovic on 44. Roger improved his score in 2017 to 35-2, the best he had in years, and this was his 16th victory in a row, the 15th he won in straight sets! Haase played in his first Masters 1000 semi-final and he fought well, in only second ever match against Roger (Davis Cup in 2012).
He didn't give Roger any break points in the second set to reach the tie break, but Roger was just too good, winning the breaker 7-5 and avoiding the deciding set. Overall, it was a very good performance from the Swiss, especially on his serve (he lost just 9 points in his games), with a solid number of winners and not too many errors (28-18).
In the title match, Roger will face Alexander Zverev or Denis Shapovalov, who are set to play the second semis in the evening session. This will be the 6th final for Federer in Canada and the first in Montreal since 2007! Both players ended the match with 9 aces but the second serve exposed the biggest difference between them, with Roger losing just 5 points after missing the serve and Robin failing to reach that mark, winning 11 from 29 to face 6 break points.
He got broken twice in the first set but he really raised the game in the second, allowing Federer to reach 4 deuces on the return but avoiding the break points. Also, the Dutchman was 5-4 in front in the tie break, only to lose the last 3 points of the match.