Cana­dian teenager takes Nadal scalp

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS -

Cana­dian teenager De­nis Shapo­valov de­lighted his home fans when he bat­tled from a set down to record a stun­ning up­set vic­tory over top seed Rafael Nadal in the third round of the Rogers Cup on Thurs­day.

The lanky wild­card kissed the Mon­treal court af­ter com­plet­ing a rous­ing 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4) triumph as the 18-year-old be­came the youngest player to ever reach the quar­ter­fi­nals of an ATP Masters 1000 event.

The early exit also de­nied world No 2 Nadal a chance to take over from the ab­sent Andy Mur­ray at the top of the rank­ings, a po­si­tion the Spa­niard would have re­gained for the first time since 2014 had he ad­vanced to the semi­fi­nals.

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