With hockey great Wayne Gretzky and Olympic swimming star Penny Oleksiak cheering for him from the seats, he also became the youngest quarterfinalist at a Masters Series tournament ever and is the youngest to beat a player ranked in the top two in the world since Nadal beat Federer in 2004 in Miami. I am playing tennis to try to win titles. "I came from vacation, did some fitness, saw how I was feeling and said 'You know what, I practiced so much the a year ago, let's go play some matches.' It's a big bonus right now and I hope I can play as free as I have so far in the finals tomorrow".
In the other semifinal, Zverev ended the dream run of 18-year old Canadian Denis Shapovalov with 6-4, 7-5 victory. Zverev defeated Kevin Anderson of South Africa 7-5, 6-4. "But we got to take a picture with him, which was very cool for me". An updated schedule and order of play can be found on the tournament's official website.
World number three Federer, who faces Dutchman Robin Haase in the lsat four, was never seriously pushed by Spains Bautista Agut, who is winless in seven matches against the Swiss maestro.
Shapovalov had difficulty dealing with Zverev's serve from the outset, coming up with no breaks in the first set.
You know you're in trouble when you face six break points in your first two service games. He leapt in the air as he closed out the match.
"It's a good victory for many reasons", said Monfils.
"I started off pretty slow, just drained from yesterday".
"I needed courage and a lot of luck".
"I struggled against Ferrer early on, so today was better". Obviously the rain delay helped me. I've been able to keep points short. I've had several tough matches.
In the quarterfinals, Federer had to deal with Spain's No. 2 Bautista-Agut. Comparing Federer to an elegant freight train, the Canadian said that he had no answers to Federer's transition from baseline to the net.
"I think those young players don't quite know what to expect, and (neither) do I, because nobody quite knows", said Federer. I haven't played him that much yet. He will play Alexander Zverev of Germany in Sunday's final.