Shapo­valov, 18, Stuns Nadal in Mon­treal

The Economic Times - - Sports: The Great Games -

Cana­dian teenager De­nis Shapo­valov shocked top seeded Rafael Nadal to reach the quar­ter-fi­nals of the ATP Mon­treal Masters tour­na­ment, spoil­ing the Spa­niard’s chances of re­turn­ing to world num­ber one. The 18-year-old Shapo­valov, who needed a wild card to get into the tour­na­ment, con­tin­ued his gi­ant killing form at the hard­court tour­na­ment by ral­ly­ing to beat Nadal in three sets, 3-6 6-4 7-6 (7/4) on Thurs­day. Nadal would have re­turned to No. 1 in the world if he had de­feated Shapo­valov on Thurs­day, and then Chung Hyeon or Adrian Man­nar­ino on Fri­day. Shapo­valov’s stun­ning up­set against the reign­ing French Open cham­pion came as a re­sult of some in­spired ten­nis in front of a bois­ter­ous home crowd who cheered his ev­ery shot.

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