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Ticket sales and enthusiasm up at Rogers Cup — Shapovalov effect

Ticket sales and enthusiasm up at Rogers Cup — Shapovalov effect”

He was extremely consistent.

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. Spaniard Nadal breezed past his Croatian opponent Borna Coric 6-1, 6-2 to advance to the third round. I think the break just rejuvenated me. "Hopefully I can get there one day". Dutra Silva at 33 is a veteran of the Tour and is having the best year of his life. He still needs some time.

Aged 17 back then, Shapovalov received a wildcard for the tournament and he was up against 11th seed Nick Kyrgios.

Zverev made the wildcard run and at times overpowered him. Zverev played like the favourite, controlling the match. Also he'll become the No. 2 Canadian behind Milos Raonic.

Beating Federer to do it was icing on the cake. "It's crazy how it is".

Currently ranked 143rd in the world after a win in a lower-level Challenger event only three weeks ago in Gatineau, Que., Shapovalov will crack the top 70, possibly to 66th, for reaching the semifinals. It's going to be a little bit of a change to me. He really should not have lost to Diego Schwartzman in Montreal, but committed entirely too many unforced errors. "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".

"It is a positive week in the end", he added. He leapt in the air as he closed out the match.

Nadal similarly broke records with his own wins as a 18-year-old back in 2004.

This will be Federer's sixth final of 2017. Shapovalov particularly is technically excellent in this area and is also doubtless helped by his left handedness. Federer did not disclose if he was battling injury or simply playing with soreness in his first tournament since collecting his eighth Wimbledon championship last month.

"[He's] the greatest player of all-time", Zverev said to Sportsnet's Arash Madani, just seconds after closing out the match in only one hour and eight minutes.

Wozniacki has won five of six career meetings between the two, and they've all come in straight-set fashion.

Federer took control immediately against Polansky, holding his opening service game comfortably before quickly going 0-40 up in the second game.

Two games later, the Rome champion ripped a backhand winner down the line for another break point.

"It's a wonderful achievement for him", Federer said of Zverev. You could see that we were both mentally (tired). He's won two this year.

Swinging with menacing intent on his second serve, Zverev often drilled his second delivery in excess of 115 mph. I know it can't continue that way.

"I was No. 1 in the world". There's a reason for it. I'm happy to be in the final. I haven't wasted too much energy.

Federer had considered skipping the event. "I knew that was a very big turning point", Shapovalov said.

"It was a dream week for me".

"I felt all right all week", the Swiss said. None of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Grigor Dimitrov, Dominic Thiem, Lucas Pouille, nor David Goffin really got into the tournament.

A spiking wind sent flags atop the stadium flapping, while Zverev brain-cramped netting a drop shot attempt from the baseline to face a third break point. "I'm just playing better".



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