Canadian teen stuns Rafael Nadal at Rogers Cup, reaches quarterfinals

Aug 9 2017 Montreal Quebec Canada Peter Polansky of Canada hits a forehand against Roger Federer of Switzerland during the Rogers Cup tennis tournament at Uniprix Stadium. Mandatory Credit Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

The youngster responded impressively to Nadal easing through the first set to force a decider, where Shapovalov saved three break points before winning an epic 14-minute third game, which included ten deuces. Shapovalov has put an end to the match with a forehand in parallel before letting her fall to the back.

It ended Nadal's hopes of returning to the top of the ATP rankings as Shapovalov prepares to face Adrian Mannarino, who saw off Chung Hyeon 6-3 6-3 to reach his first 1000 quarter-final.

"It's what I dreamed of all my life growing up, playing guys like Rafa (Nadal), Roger (Federer), Andy (Murray)", said Shapovalov. Shapovalov, World No. 143, battled to a 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) success against former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro and set up a clash with Nadal.

"I actually feel really happy because I know I can play a lot better".

Federer began the second set with a break, but lost this advantage in the fourth game following a double fault - his fourth at this point of confrontation.

"He played well. He has great potential", Nadal said.

With Canadian hockey icon Wayne Gretzky watching in the stands, Shapovalov did not look overawed from the outset, hitting an early nerve settler to hold serve in style in the second game.

Shapovalov said he didn't think he had a chance to win at all before the match. I was aggressive. This is how I want to play for the whole week. She will face the victor between France's Caroline Garcia and American qualifier Varvara Lepchenko in the third round.

Therefore, Federer, who managed 12 aces, has started to serve better and to threaten the service of his rival. It's going to be very interesting for me to go up against him, just to see how my game style matches him.

Shapovalov lost the opening set and dug himself out of a 0-3 hole in the final-set tiebreak to win through to the last eight after two hours, 45 minutes on court.

They threw full support behind the left-handed Shapovalov, who caused a stir at last year's Rogers Cup by ousting Aussie star Nick Kyrgios.

The outsider who made his Wimbledon debut only weeks ago, stormed back in the second set after losing the first, breaking Nadal for 4-2 and levelling the sets with a down-the-line victor which caught the baseline.

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