Federer dodges third round bullet at Rogers Cup

Swiss superstar Roger Federer has won two Rogers Cups. (AFP)

Swiss superstar Roger Federer has won two Rogers Cups. (AFP)

Ian Shantz, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:18 AM ET

Roger Federer dodged a third-round bullet late Thursday night at the Rogers Cup, holding off a hard-charging Marin Cilic, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (3), 6-4, at the Rexall Centre.

With the win, the world No. 3 fills out the final quarterfinal bracket, while also ensuring his 33rd birthday will be a pleasant one. The 17-time Grand Slam champion turns 33 on Friday.

Federer will face David Ferrer of Spain Friday night immediately following the Milos Raonic-Feliciana Lopez showdown on the stadium court.

Federer missed a terrific opportunity to put his Croatian opponent away in the second set, but couldn't convert an easy volley that, in hockey parlance, could have been viewed as an open net, instead losing the 11th game.

Federer had six match-point opportunities in the second set, but could not convert.

The Swiss superstar made amends for the miscue in the second set, finally breaking Cilic in the decisive set — the first break of the match — to go up 5-4 and serve for the win.

Nearly an hour had passed since the last match point, but Federer finally pulled through.

The win ensures at least one of the tournament's top four seeds remain in contention. Novak Djokovic (1), Stan Wawrinka (3), and Tomas Berdych (4) and all were eliminated earlier.

 

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