Unseeded Argentine Diego Schwartzman posted a unusual win over American Jared Donaldson 0-6, 7-5, 7-5 to advance to a quarterfinal meeting with Robin Haase, the 52nd-ranked Dutchman who upset seventh-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-1.
Federer surprised himself and the tennis world by winning the Australian Open last January over Rafael Nadal, then adding back-to-back Masters 1000 titles in Indian Wells and Miami. However, Nadal, who has one of the best defences in the sport, is unlikely to be troubled.
The world's No. 50 player received treatment after the match and did not speak to reporters. "There will be a changing of the guard at world No 1 level, and I hope for Rafa he can get there", the 19-time men's singles Grand Slam victor added. He defeated former US Open victor Juan Martin Del Potro in the second round in straight sets 6-3 7-6 (7/4) to set up the showdown with Nadal. However, just when the draw benefitted 15-time Grand Slam champion greatly, the Canadian was able to produce the performance of his life as he managed to clinch the upset after a marathon 2 hours and 49 minutes of play. Gretzky has been courtside for all of Shapovalov's matches, and said he believes the Canadian left-hander has what it takes to be a superstar athlete.
"But to beat a player of this category, of this talent, is very inspiring for me, a huge confidence boost".
"I actually feel really happy because I know I can play a lot better".
Federer said he knows Haase well from serving with him on the ATP player council and from practicing together.
The Swiss turned in a modest effort in the opening set to drop it, but began the second with a break of Ferrer on his way to levelling the third-round contest.
Coric was not an easy opener for Nadal on hard courts but the 31-year-old passed the test with flying colours.
When Alexander Zverev took the first set 6-3 against a lacklustre looking Richard Gasquet, he must have been feeling good about his chances of progressing into the last 16.
There was nearly another French Houdini act in the evening session, when Richard Gasquet fought back from triple match point down to earn three match points in the final set of his duel with Germany's Alexander Zverev. At the 2014 Rogers Cup, he lost 6-2, 6-0. Ranked No. 143 at the start of the event, he is projected to crack the top 100 and could jump into the mid 60s if he wins his next match against No. 42 ranked Frenchman Adrian Mannarino. Mannarino dispatched Hyeon Chung, 6-3, 6-3. Schwartzman rallied from a 6-0, 2-0 hole against American 20-year-old to win 0-6, 7-5, 7-5. Denis Shapovalov is from Richmond Hill, Ont., not Thornhill, Ont.