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

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Ferrer capitalized by winning the opener to end Federer's streak of 32 consecutive sets won, a record that dates back to his defeat to Tommy Haas at the Stuttgart Open on June 14.

A gritty hold edged the Canadian ahead, 3-2.

Being a 15-time Grand Slam champion and a former world number one, Nadal definitely possesses a champion's mind and thinks maturely.

Nadal, a three-time champion in Canada, took 71 minutes to beat 20-year-old Croat Coric, facing just one break point in the match. I knew I had to win both the points off my serve. According to the data that possesses the ATP, the only dominance that is similar to the tennis male belongs to the Czech Ivan Lendl, who beat American Tim Mayotte 17 times in as many appointments between 1980 and 1990. "I remember when he was injured previous year, and here he is a few matches away from clinching world No 1". Several of his serves topped 124 miles per hour.

Earlier in this year, Denis Shapovalov had set a goal of reaching the Top 150 of the Emirates ATP Rankings.

"It's so tough [to play Nadal]", Shapovalov told reporters after the match. In fact, with it looking increasingly likely that none of those three will be in NY either, the North American hard court swing could be a straight shoot out between Federer and Nadal.

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Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov has upset top-seeded Rafael Nadal at the men's Rogers Cup. 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. "He comes to the match with big confidence".

Shapovalov played arguably the greatest match of his career, and definitely, there are similar victories to come for the youngster. He broke numerous cardinal rules of execution against No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal, including hitting off his back foot and unloading while falling backward. With him being a young star, it will be interesting to see where this takes him for the rest of the tournament and beyond. But it's looking increasingly likely that Shapovalov will be knocking on the door of the top 100 sooner rather than later, and from there who knows what he could achieve.

"He's my idol", Shapovalov said of Del Potro.

Kevin Anderson of South Africa downed American Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-1 and will next play fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev, who ousted 16th-seeded Nick Kyrgios 6-4, 6-3. But the Frenchman roared back into life, stealing a march in the second and set, and threatening in the decider.

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.

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