MONTREAL — Roger Federer advanced to the semifinals of the Rogers Cup and was joined later Friday by Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov, who followed his upset of Rafael Nadal with another three-set victory.
The 18-year-old left-hander from Richmond Hill, Ontario beat France’s Adrian Mannarino 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 and awaits the winner of the late match between fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany and Kevin Anderson of South Africa.
Shapovalov beat 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro in the second round and then knocked off the top-seeded Nadal in a third-set tiebreaker on Thursday in the round of 16.
He broke service for a 2-1 lead in the third Friday only to hand it back in the next game, but a roar went up when Mannarino wasted a chance to put away a game point and Shapovalov jumped on the chance to break for a 5-4 lead. He leapt in the air as he closed out the match.
The second-seeded Federer continued his mastery over 12th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain with a 6-4, 6-4 victory. The 36-year-old Swiss will next face unseeded Dutchman Robin Haase, a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 winner over Diego Schwartzman of Argentina.
Federer has won all seven career matches and taken all 16 sets against the 29-year-old Bautista Agut.
He is 1-0 against Haase after a straight-sets win in Davis Cup play in 2012.
Federer said he knows Haase well from serving with him on the ATP player council and from practicing together.
“I’m looking forward to a tough match because he can serve very well and he mixes up his tactics a lot,” Federer said. “Sometimes he tends to just roll the ball in and use the big serve, or he uses a slice a lot and comes in.
“So I don’t quite know with Robin what I’m going to get. But, as I have practiced with him quite a bit, maybe I am better prepared than if I would have never hit with him before.”
Federer broke serve for a 5-4 lead in the first set and broke again for 2-1 in the second en route to the victory in a little more than an hour. Federer was coming off a three-set win over another Spaniard, David Ferrer, against whom he is 17-0.
“My game plan worked better against Bautista Agut than against Ferrer,” he said. “I believe it’s because I was more aggressive coming to the net.”
Haase, who upset seventh-seeded Grigor Dimitrov in the third round, reached his first career Masters Series semifinal. The 30-year-old Haase, back to 52nd in the world after battling injuries for much of his career, improved to 5-0 against 36th-ranked Schwartzman.
“I played a lot of good matches, especially against Dimitrov,” said Haase. “It’s tough to come back and play that same level.
“I didn’t, but I managed to win because I kept fighting.”
Wozniacki ousts top-seeded Pliskova
TORONTO — Caroline Wozniacki outlasted top-ranked Karolina Pliskova 7-5, 6-7 (3), 6-4 in a women’s quarterfinal Friday at the Rogers Cup.
The start of the match was delayed for more than two hours because of rain and three more weather interruptions followed once play began at Aviva Centre.
In the deciding set, Wozniacki broke at love to get back on serve at 4-4. She held serve and followed with another break to reach the final four at the Toronto event for the first time.
The match ended a little more than five hours after the players took to the court in the early afternoon for the pregame warmup. Actual match time was 2 hours, 56 minutes.
Pliskova, from the Czech Republic, was playing her first tournament as world No. 1.
Wozniacki spent 67 weeks as the world’s top-ranked player in 2010 and 2011, but her ranking has slipped over the past two seasons because of injuries.
Defending champion and second seed Simona Halep of Romania was scheduled to play Caroline Garcia of France on Friday night.
In the other quarterfinals, American Sloane Stephens was to meet Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic and fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine was to take on fourth-seeded Spaniard Garbine Muguruza.
Wozniacki won the 2010 Rogers Cup in Montreal and returned to the semifinals there in 2012.
After dropping the first three games of the opening set Friday, Wozniacki fought back by beating Pliskova at her own game. She matched her powerful ground strokes and used a more aggressive style to take the momentum.
On her heels a bit more, Pliskova’s unforced errors started to rise. She smashed her racket into the court when another miscue gave Wozniacki a 6-5 edge.
The Dane used an ace to win her sixth straight game and the first set.
Both players held serve through the second set with Pliskova pulling even in the match by taking the last four points of the tiebreaker.
Pliskova used a strong backhand crosscourt to earn the first break of the third set. She pulled ahead 3-2 as Wozniacki was forced wide and netted her return.
However, Wozniacki refused to buckle and breaks in two of the last three games gave her a semifinal berth and a 5-2 career head-to-head mark against Pliskova.
The lone Canadian left in the doubles draw was set to play later Friday. Ottawa’s Gabriela Dabrowski and Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko were to take on the third-seeded duo of Safarova and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic.
In early doubles matches, top-seeded Russians Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina beat Lyudmyla Kichenok of Ukraine and American Nicole Melichar 6-4, 6-4. Second-seeded Yung-Jan Chan of Taiwan and Switzerland’s Martina Hingis dropped a 6-4, 6-4 decision to eighth-seeded Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany and Kveta Peschke of the Czech Republic.