Published:  02:10 PM, 13 August 2017

Federer into Montreal final

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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