Federer overcomes Ferrer, will play Lopez in Toronto SFs

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Local hero and the last year’s runner-up Milos Raonic was unable to overcome the quarter-final hurdle at the Rogers Cup 2014 as he stumbled against unseeded Feliciano Lopez of Spain in three sets. The World no. 25 Spaniard was quicker out of the blocks and threatened the home crowd favorite early on to break him to love in the fifth game. Lopez served exceptionally well throughout the remainder of the opener and moved one nil ahead with a relative ease. The second set progressed on serve and ended in a tie-break as no break points were generated in the initial twelve games. The Spanish player broke the deadlock twice in the breaker, but sixth-seeded Raonic found his way back to convert on the second set point and take the clash to the distance. The outcome of the decider might have been different had the Canadian taken advantage of one of the nine break points in the fifth game. However, Lopez held the game in the end and broke the rival a few minutes later.  He landed the semi-final spot after holding to love to win 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3 in two hours of hard-court tennis.

The two-time Toronto Masters champion Roger Federer – he conquered the tournament in 2004 and 2006 – was the last to reach the semi-final stage at this year’s Rogers Cup by beating fifth-seeded David Ferrer for the fifteenth time in as many matches on the ATP tour. The Swiss Maestro got off to a flying start of the quarter-final and while he failed to confirm the first-game break, he added another pair of them later on to bag the opener with a minimum of fuss. The third seed broke early in the set two as well, but the Spaniard put in an inspired performance to turn the tide of the set before holding to love to level the terms. He nearly shocked Roger again midway through the decider, but the Swiss showed his class by fending off the crucial break point and stealing the opponent’s serve next. He cemented the break to make it 5-2 and sealed the encounter a couple of games later for a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 victory.

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