Shapovalov set to face ultimate test on clay
Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov’s breakout season on clay is about to face the ultimate test. Shapovalov reached the third round of the Italian Open Wednesday with a 7-6 (3), 6-7 (5), 6-3 win over Dutch veteran Robin Haase. Next up for the 19-yearold from Richmond Hill, Ont., is top seed Rafael Nadal, a master of the clay court. Shapovalov posted his biggest win to date when he beat Nadal in three sets in the round of 16 at last year’s Rogers Cup in Montreal. But that was on a hard-court surface, not Nadal’s preferred clay. Nadal improved to 15-1 this season — and 404-36 in his career — on clay with a 6-1, 6-0 rout of 31stranked Damir Dzumhur.