Anderson, Federer, Zverev In Montreal Friday Action
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• Either Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal will be ranked No. 1 on August 21 and seeded No. 1 at the US Open. Appearing in his eighth Coupe Rogers quarter-final, Federer controls his own destiny. A third title in Canada would give Federer 7,545 Emirates ATP Rankings points. With Nadal defending 90 of his 7,555 ranking points next week, Federer would clinch No. 1 with the Montreal title and an equal-or-better finish than the Spaniard in Cincinnati, where the Swiss is a seven-time champion.
• Federer is a combined 20-1 against the other seven Coupe Rogers quarter-finalists with a 6-0 record against Nadal's countryman Roberto Bautista Agut. The Spaniard hopes to win a set off Federer for the first time when they meet again on Friday. Bautista Agut is 0-14 in sets against Federer, including a two-tiebreak loss in the ATP Masters 1000 Miami fourth round on March 28.
• If Federer is World No. 1 on August 21, he'll have Denis Shapovalov to thank. The 18-year-old Canadian wild card became the second-youngest player to defeat Nadal on Thursday. Shapovalov is the youngest ATP Masters 1000 quarter-finalist in series history (249 events with 1,992 quarter-final spots since 1990). After entering Montreal with three tour-level wins, Shapovalov has earned three more this week and seeks another on Friday against fellow left-hander Adrian Mannarino. Both Shapovalov and Mannarino, 29, are appearing in their first ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final.
• The only quarter-finalist with a win over Federer is 20-year-old Alexander Zverev, who meets Kevin Anderson on Friday in a Washington final rematch. Zverev defeated Anderson 6-4, 6-4 five days ago for his fourth title of 2017. A berth in their first ATP Masters 1000 semi-final is at stake for unseeded players Robin Haase and Diego Schwartzman at 12:30 pm. Five unseeded players are in the quarter-finals of an ATP Masters 1000 event for the first time since 2005 Hamburg. One year earlier, Federer and Andy Roddick were the only seeds in the Coupe Rogers quarter-finals.