Published:  02:10 PM, 13 August 2017

Federer into Montreal final

Roger Federer beat Robin Haase to qualify for the Montreal Masters final and keep his hopes alive of regaining the world No 1 spot.

Federer, currently ranked third, won 6-3 7-6 in Saturday's first semi-final and will next play Alexander Zverev for the trophy on Sunday.

Winning the Montreal Masters would guarantee Federer at least the No 2 seed for the upcoming US Open, and would enable him to chase the ATP top spot next week in Cincinnati where current incumbent Andy Murray will be absent.

For 36-year-old Federer, it was his 59nd ATP 1000 semi-final and a 16th consecutive win - his longest since 2012, when he was the world's top ranked player. Federer previously won the Montreal Masters in 2004 and 2006.

Victory for Federer would earn him a 94th ATP Tour title of his career - levelling Ivan Lendl in second place in the Open Era list - and sixth of a remarkable season.

"I have reached levels that I never thought I would be able to reach, winning so many titles," Federer told the ATP's website.

"Each title you can add is like a thrill. I am playing tennis to try to win titles.

"Lendl is a legend of tennis. He reached incredible records. He was extremely consistent. He won many titles.

"It's fantastic and cool that I'm able to reach his level."

German Zverev ended 18-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov's stunning run with a 6-4 7-5 victory in the second semi-final.

World number 143 Shapovalov's incredible week in his home country had seen him beat Juan Martin Del Potro and Rafael Nadal but in-form 20-year-old Zverev proved a step too far.

The fourth seed had to battle to come through in one hour and 43 minutes and remains on course for a second successive ATP title following his Citi Open success last week.

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