Second-seeded Roger Federer advanced to the quarterfinals of the ATP Rogers Cup in Montreal on Thursday, but it was not easy.
Lifting a third trophy along with an equal-or-better finish with Nadal next week in Cincinnati would send Federer to the top ranking spot on August 21, a week before the start of the US Open.
"I'm very excited to be back in the finals", Federer said. If I felt like I couldn't do all these things, it would not be enjoyable or I wouldn't be doing it any more.
The victory marks Wozniacki's first career win against a World No. 1 and gives the 27-year-old a 6-2 advantage in head-to-head matches with Pliskova.
Forward ambition has put Federer on pace to surge back to the top of tennis. Next up is 20-year-old Alexander Zverev, who stopped Denis Shapovalov's impressive run with a 6-4, 7-5 victory in the second semifinal.
"That's going to not change with Rafa going out". "I would have been really happy for him because I know he hasn't been there for some time..." If I would have known I would have gone to the finals, I would have said "yes" right away. "But I know it's all connected to great play".
Federer served nine aces and hit 28 winners to improve to 35-2 on the season.
A few days after celebrating his 36th birthday, Federer should spring in his legs launching airborne to snap off a smash for love-30.
The delays and Wozniacki's solid all-around game appeared to throw off the big-serving Pliskova, who was playing in her first tournament since becoming the world number one.
But my game plan worked better against Bautista-Agut than against Ferrer. Federer was coming off a three-set win over another Spaniard, David Ferrer, against whom he is 17-0.
Flashing his third ace down the middle, the two-time champion collected a one-set lead after 34 minutes. Federer then took control of the round, winning all of the points in turn in the service.
Applying forward pressure to force Bautista Agut into awkward passes, Federer attacked and drew a floated lob error posting the third straight break for 2-1. After a rain delay, Shapovalov broke Mannarino to take a 4-2 lead in the second set. Federer controlled matters from that point.