Montreal: Federer survives Ferrer

Published by Matt Trollope

Roger Federer extended his head-to-head record over David Ferrer to 17-0 after beating the Spaniard in the third round of the Coupe Rogers in Montreal; Getty Images
Roger Federer lost his first set in two months but recovered to beat David Ferrer – and now surveys a wide-open Montreal draw bereft of seeded opponents.

Roger Federer moved on in an increasingly wide-open draw at the Coupe Rogers in Montreal – but only just.

The No.2 seed overcame an inspired David Ferrer 4-6 6-4 6-2, completing victory against the former No.3 in just under two hours.

It is the first time Federer has dropped a set since losing to Tommy Haas in the second round in Stuttgart in early June.

The victory moves him into the quarterfinals where he will meet No.12 seed Roberto Bautista Agut – the only other seeded player remaining in the bottom half of the draw.

Bautista Agut saved a match point to beat Gael Monfils 4-6 7-6(5) 7-6(2).

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“I actually feel really happy because I know I can play a lot better. David can play a lot better, too,” Federer said.

“We battled, both tried to find a way to win. You know, he had a good start, I had a better finish.

“I hope that this match gives me some better rhythm and confidence against Bautista Agut, who plays actually very similar to David.”

Federer was seeded to meet No.7 seed Grigor Dimitrov in the semifinals – after the removal of third seed Dominic Thiem in the second round – until the Bulgarian lost in three sets to Robin Haase on Thursday.

Also moving into the quarterfinals of the Canadian Masters 1000 event was Kevin Anderson (a straight-sets winner over Sam Querrey) and Diego Schwartzman, who was bagelled in the first set by Jared Donaldson before coming back to win 0-6 7-5 7-5.

A player restoring some semblance of order to the draw was Alexander Zverev.

In an early evening match on Thursday, the fourth-seeded German beat Aussie Nick Kyrgios for the first time, winning 6-4 6-3 to set up a meeting with Kevin Anderson.

“I’m happy to be through,” Zverev said. “Obviously against him, it’s not easy because he’s one of the biggest servers that we have. He plays with not a lot of rhythm.”

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