On Friday, Roger Federer qualified for the semifinals of Rogers Cup presented by National Bank with a solid two-set win over Roberto Bautista Agut (6-4, 6-4).
Less erratic than in his previous match, the second seed still struggled with his first serve, hitting only 51%. Bautista Agut was thrown off by Federer’s net game, which was more offensive than ever.
There were relatively few emotional moments in the match. The 12th seed had never defeated the Swiss magician in their seven showdowns and didn’t show any signs of reversing the trend. His only moment of glory came at 0-1 in the second set when he broke the 19-time Grand slam champion.
It took Federer just over an hour (68 minutes) to reach the next round, which pits him against world no.52 Robin Haase of the Netherlands. The two have battled only once in their careers: it was a straight sets Davis Cup win for Federer in 2011.