Denis Shapovalov says he doesn't remember taking that photo with Rafael Nadal

Also, the Swiss star will be geared up to make the most of Nadal's absence in the ongoing tournament and strengthen his bid for reclaiming the world number one title.

Next up for Federer on Saturday will be surprised semi-finalist Robin Haase of the Netherlands, who rallied to defeat diminutive Argentine Diego Schwartzman 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in a battle of unseeded players. In the victory, Federer won 81 percent of his first serve points and 72 percent of his second serve points.

Shapovalov reached the semifinals of the $4.9-million event Friday night with a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Adrian Mannarino of France. "But it's all connected to great play", said the Australian Open and Wimbledon champion.

Roger Federer maintained his superb run of form with a straight-set win over Dutchman Robin Haase in the semi-finals of the Rogers Cup. He lost his singles match against Dan Evans in straight sets but wins by Vasek Pospisil in both his singles matches and a Great Britain victory in the doubles match made the score 2-2, which meant that the match between Shapovalov and Kyle Edmund would be the decider.

"I think those young players don't quite know what to expect, and (neither) do I, because nobody quite knows", said Federer.

For large spells of the match, the Swiss appeared unusually frustrated, as his first serve dwindled and his much-improved backhand regularly misfired.

Shapovalov's biggest win of his young career against the 15-time Grand Slam victor came as a result of some inspired tennis in front of a boisterous home crowd who cheered his every shot.

When the new world rankings come out on Monday he will be 67th in the world and the youngest player in the top 100.

Shapovalov will play a semi against another fast-rising young gun: fourth seed Alexander Zverev who beat South African Kevin Anderson 7-5, 6-4.

"Almost every tournament I've played this year there has been a rain delay so at this point I just have to laugh because I feel like it is following me", she said during a courtside interview after the three hour 26 minute match. I didn't, but I managed to win because I kept fighting. He recovered a the break quickly and earned himself a triple-break point with Zverev serving at 3-4 in the second set. "I was not as fast". 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. I was insecure. I had a lot of problems with other injuries after. "When I broke him, I got that little bit of confidence, and I started believing in my shots again".

After a loose service game at the start of the decider, Ferrer's challenge began to fade.

"Then this kind of eats you up inside mentally", he said. "You know, my dream came true today". Number one for me was anyway something for later in the year.

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