Resurgent Federer advances to Montreal final

first_imgVilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her View comments Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates his 6-3, 7-6 victory over Robin Haase of Netherlands during day nine of the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank at Uniprix Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images/AFPSwiss superstar Roger Federer turned in a precision performance Saturday at the ATP Montreal tennis, using thundering serves and clever backhands to defeat unseeded Robin Haase for a spot in the final.The 36-year-old Federer blasted nine aces and lost just nine points on his serve as he extended his match win streak to 16 — his longest win streak in five years.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s a big bonus right now and I hope I can play as free as I have so far in the finals tomorrow.”Second seeded Federer will clash on Sunday with German Alexander Zverev who ended the Cinderella run of 18-year old Canadian Denis Shapovalov with a 6-4, 7-5 win in the other semi-final.Federer is undergoing a resurgence this season after it appeared to many he might be slowing down as he transitions through his mid-30s.“Confidence can get you a long way, and if you’re feeling fine physically and you are ready to fight mentally you have a lot of things in the bag,” said Federer, who would earn the second seed at the upcoming US Open if he wins in Montreal.“And then the only thing that maybe is missing is practice, but sometimes practice is overrated. It’s all about the matches at some stage.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite #KicksStalker: Jordan’s ’98 Playoff sneakers set for return Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas “I’m happy I’m playing as well as I am this year on the match courts. At the end that’s what matters because I spent hours and hours on the practice courts in the last year.”The 19-time Grand Slam winner Federer is seeking his 27th Masters 1000 title and his third Canadian Masters crown after wins in 2004 and 2006.Haase, who hit 17 winners, made a late charge and forced a second-set tiebreak before Federer stymied the challenge to win the match.Zverev, 20, will have a much tougher time against the skilled veteran Federer than he did in beating Shapovalov.‘Life-changing week’Zverev came into Montreal with four titles this season while Shapovalov had just three career match victories. Shapovalov leaves Montreal with seven career wins, including a shocking upset of 10-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal.“It is a completely life-changing week,” said Shapovalov, whose dream run this week also included a win over former US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro.The fourth seeded Zverev broke Shapovalov at 4-4 in the first set then served for the set to silence the partisan crowd.Ultimately, Zverev played better in the key moments, finishing with two aces, winning 81 percent of his first-serve points and breaking the Canadian three times.Shapovalov finished with three aces, six double faults and won 64 percent of his first-serve points in the one-hour, 43-minute match.center_img 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ He raised his game to another level when it mattered most, beating Netherlands Robin Haase 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) in just 75 minutes.“I’m very excited to be back in the finals,” Federer said. “A bit surprising, to be quite honest, because I hadn’t practiced much.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Federer has taken more time off this year than usual. He skipped the clay-court season from April to mid-June.“I came from vacation, did some fitness, saw how I was feeling and said, ‘You know what, I practiced so much the last year, let’s go play some matches.’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Teen gunned down in Masbate Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Fans go wild after Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini saves his country

first_imgFrance have GriezmannBrazil have Neymar England have Harry KaneCroatia have ModricBelgium have Fellaini— Footy Humour (@FootyHumour) July 2, 2018 2 Belgium vs. Japan:Without Fellaini0 goals2 concededWith Fellaini3 goals1 goal every 10 mins0 goals conceded🐐🐐🐐 #BEL— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) July 2, 2018 Roberto Martinez was stunned to see his side slip to a 2-0 deficit Before Fellaini Came On:– Belgium 0-2 JapanAfter Fellaini Came On:– Belgium 3-2 Japan— Football Daily (@footballdailyuk) July 2, 2018 At 2-0 down, boss Roberto Martinez decided to bring on Maroune Fellaini and West Bromich Albion flop Nacer Chadli and you could almost hear the jaws dropping in disbelief back in Belgium.Chadli had barely played all season for West Bromwich Albion and Fellaini is…well, Fellaini.But what an impact the Manchester United man had.Although Fellaini is deemed uncultured and awkward compared to his more glamorous teammates, he is certainly effective. Getting substitutions right in crucial games can be extremely difficult for managers.For every Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in 1999, there’s a Steven Gerrard in 2015.It was clear to everyone watching that Belgium needed to make a change after being played off the park by Japan in Russia. Fellaini was the difference for Martinez ⚽️ #WorldCup Knockout Goals: Messi – 0 Ronaldo – 0 Fellaini – 1🐐 The Real GOAT.— SPORF (@Sporf) July 2, 2018 And he proved that to full effect on Monday night, scoring the equaliser and turning the game completely around as Belgium secured a 3-2 win to progress to the quarter-finals where they will face Brazil.Fans on Twitter could not believe just how good the lanky midfielder was, even pointing out a certain stat which will upset messrs Ronaldo and Messi no end. Jose Mourinho envisioning all of the times he’s going to bring Fellaini off the bench to do exactly this next season…— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) July 2, 2018 2 There can’t be that many players in world football that are better than Fellaini in the air— Arsène’s Son (@hughwizzy) July 2, 2018last_img read more