Federer concentrates on Montreal, not top ranking shot

0:36 | Tennis         Stan Wawrinka Shuts Down 2017 Season Due to Knee Injury

0:36 | Tennis Stan Wawrinka Shuts Down 2017 Season Due to Knee Injury

On Friday Federer continued his net-rushing attack versus No. 12-seeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut, who he topped 6-4, 6-4 to move into the semis.

With top seed Rafael Nadal knocked out in the third round by Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov, 19-time grand slam victor Federer is thick in the fight for a return to the top of the ATP list.

The junior Wimbledon victor and tournament wild card entered the week with three ATP-level wins and has added four more so far.

"I didn't even know if I could ever play tennis again", Haase said. I came back really fast, from zero to 60 in eight months. It would have been hard to turn around the match without them. I started to believe more and more again. It took a lot out of us. The 18-year-old left-hander from Richmond Hill, Ontario beat France's Adrian Mannarino 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 and awaits the victor of the late match between fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany and Kevin Anderson of South Africa.

The Israeli-born Canadian set up an all-Next Gen semi-final against Zverev who, despite some early trouble, was relatively assured in a 7-5 6-4 win over Kevin Anderson.

Federer's defeat of Bautista Agut was his seventh in a row without a defeat - or loss of a set - in the series with the Spaniard.

Also, the Swiss star will be geared up to make the most of Nadal's absence in the ongoing tournament and strengthen his bid for reclaiming the world number one title.

It should be noted that Federer is bidding to capture his first trophy in Montreal and his third overall in Canada.

Notably, if Federer can win in Montreal and outperform or match Nadal's run in the upcoming Masters 1000 tournament in Cincinnati, he can reclaim the numero uno tag after a five-year hiatus.

"I've been working on it a lot in the past few years".

"Now all of a sudden next week, maybe.obviously at the US Open, I think it's up for grabs for Rafa and myself". "Both things combined, two major factors in a beginning of a match, I was able to get into the match better".

"Either way it's big for either of us".

Shapovalov's stunning form was the biggest story of the day, especially fighting back from a set down against the French world number 42.

"It's a good race and it's exciting for tennis".