NaDal rEDEEms him­sElF against Shapo­valov

Montreal Gazette - - SPORTS -

Seven-time cham­pion Rafael Nadal me­thod­i­cally wore down De­nis Shapo­valov in a 6-4, 6-1 win to reach the Ital­ian Open quar­ter-fi­nals and gain a mea­sure of re­venge against the Cana­dian teenager. Shapo­valov saved eight break points in his open­ing two ser­vice games be­fore fi­nally drop­ping his serve mid­way through the first set on Thurs­day. Shapo­valov, ranked a ca­reer-high No. 29 this week, stunned Nadal in the third round in Mon­treal last year to deny the Spa­niard a chance to re­gain the No. 1 rank­ing. Nadal, who hasn’t won the Ital­ian Open since 2013, will next face Fabio Fognini. This is the last ma­jor warm-up for the French Open, which starts in 10 days.

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