For the first time in his career, Robin Haase, 30, will play the semifinals of a Masters 1000. In the first Coupe Rogers quarter-finals encounter of the day, Haase came back from a set down to top Diego Schwartzman 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.
“I’m really happy”, said the Dutchman after the match. “I always believed that I could [get this far], but I got injured in my early days of my career. I didn’t even know if I could ever play tennis again. However, from that moment, I wasn’t the player I was before my injury. I was not as fast. I was insecure. I had a lot of problems with other injuries after.
“This kind of eats you up inside mentally. It drains you because you know you can do better, but actually your own body is not letting you. That took me, honestly, a couple of years to get more calm in my head, that I have to deal with it. I’ve been working on it a lot in the past few years. I started to believe more and more again. My game is better. Then I started this year winning back-to-back against really good players.
“Then you’re thinking, Okay, it might happen again. That it happens, it’s just awesome.”
Haase to face Federer
In this important career first, Robin Haase will face Roger Federer. The Swiss had a much better match than he did on Thursday, and he quickly had the better of Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 6-4.
This encounter should be the afternoon Match on Centre Court, Saturday.
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