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Rafael Nadal Stunned by 18-Year-Old Denis Shapovalov at Rogers Cup

Rafael Nadal Stunned by 18-Year-Old Denis Shapovalov at Rogers Cup”

Striking with fearlessness, the Canadian wild card clubbed a forehand strike down the line toppling top-seeded Rafael Nadal in an electrifying 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4) upset that sent him into the Montreal quarterfinals.

The top seed needed to reach the semi-finals to replace the injured Murray at the top of the rankings this week but was beaten in a thrilling last-16 tie against the world number 143. He escorted Andreev onto center court, helped with the coin toss, shook hands with the players and posed for photos before the start of the match, which Nadal would win en route to claiming the event's title that year.

Shapovalov's serve let him down at 1-1 in the third set when he double-faulted three times and faced three break points. On Wednesday, the 18-year-old knocked off former top-5 and 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro.

In 2015, he was Canada's U18 national outdoor champion, and by this time previous year, he'd won three Futures titles.

Regarding the match, during the whole time he was simply dominating against the Canadian, and after six years he grabbed the first victory here in Montreal.

And it came back to haunt him as Nadal broke back, silencing the home crowd, before levelling the match at 4-4.

"He has everything to become a great player. He played with the right determination in the important moments", Nadal said.

Elsewhere, Roger Federer maintained his career-long winning streak over David Ferrer to advance to the quarter-finals after a three-set battle with the veteran Spaniard.

"I think this tournament I'm trying to play with confidence that I gained through the grass-court season", Federer said. In the decider, Nadal went up 3-0 to pile up pressure on the 2016 Wimbledon Junior champion, but Shapovalov fought back with two ravishing aces and then script an upset over Nadal, just putting his hope of becoming the Wolrd No. 1 on a hold.

It was one of the biggest wins in Canadian tennis history and it came at the tournament that some still call the Canadian Open.

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.

Shapovalov fell to the ground after his win against Rafael Nadal. "If he loses in straight sets, already he played a good tournament".

Federer lost just three points on serve in the first set against Polansky, who is ranked 117th, and he was never seriously challenged.

True, the Russian-born teenager (he was a one when his family moved to Canada) was lucky to escape four match points in his first-round contest against Rogerio Dutra Silva. But he persevered to win a game that went to deuce 10 times.



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