Shapovalov spent much of the match alternating between errors and impressive winners, consistently fighting off break points on his serve. "I also told him that this is just the first match of very, very many that we will play against him".
Those that have followed along recently know I haven't picked against Federer during his run and don't plan to anytime soon given his current form.
Federer dispatched unseeded Dutchman Robin Haase 6-3, 7-6 (5).
"I hope it gives me a lot of confidence", Haase said of his performance for the week. "I'm just playing better".
"Wimbledon was always my favourite tournament, will always be my favourite tournament", Federer said after winning the tournament for the eighth time. The top seeded Nadal and second seeded Federer cruised through their matches on Wednesday.
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It was not as convincing as on his first outing facing the Canadian Peter Polansky, but it was enough for the Swiss to leave the field after only 1 h 8 min of game, a win of 6-4 and 6-4 in the pocket.
Nadal would have returned to No 1 in the world if he had defeated Shapovalov on Thursday, and then Adrian Mannarino on Friday.
Federer, now ranked third, won 6-3 7-6 in Saturday's first semi-final and will next play Denis Shapolov or Alexander Zverev for the trophy on Sunday. It's basically the same Federer, just a different tournament, as the guy has been lights out since winning the Australian Open. Shapovalov also upset former US Open victor Juan Martin Del Potro in the second round. After a rain delay, Shapovalov broke Mannarino to take a 4-2 lead in the second set.
And Shapovalov nearly struck in the seventh game, but he wasted three break points at 0-40. Obviously the rain delay helped me. I've been able to keep points short.
The 30-year-old Haase, ranked 52nd in the world, improved to 5-0 against 36th-ranked Schwartzman in his career. "I don't think I played that well in those moments". I came back really fast, from zero to 60 in eight months. "It drains you because you know you can do better, but actually your own body is not letting you. I still have to work really hard every day". I started to believe more and more again. EPA/ANDRE PICHETTEKevin Anderson of South Africa in action against Alexander Zverev of Germany during the ATP Rogers cup men's quarter final in Montreal, Canada, 11 August 2017.