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Canadian Denis Shapovalov dream run ends at Rogers Cup in Montreal

Posted on 11 August 2017 by admin

TORONTO — An unexpected run to the semifinals of the Rogers Cup has rocketed Canada’s newest tennis star up the world rankings.

Denis Shapovalov improved from 143rd to 67th in Monday’s updated ATP singles rankings.

The 18-year-old left-hander from Richmond Hill, Ont., introduced himself to Canada last week with an exhilarating performance at the Rogers Cup in Montreal that included a victory over top-seeded Spanish legend Rafael Nadal.

The Canadian lost to fourth-seeded German Alexander Zverev in Saturday’s semifinals but still pocketed a cool US$220,760 in prize money.

Shapovalov told reporters over the weekend that his "whole life has changed in the past five days."

"I don’t even think I realize it yet," he said. "I mean, it’s a huge jump (in the rankings)."

The main question now is whether the Rogers Cup was a flash in the pan or a sign of bigger things to come.

Zverev, also one of the game’s rising stars, predicted a long rivalry with the Canadian.

"I told him that this is just the first match of very many that we will play against him," said Zverev, currently ranked 10th. "Hopefully a lot of other big matches, maybe in Grand Slams, maybe in finals of tournaments.

 

By: Upali Obeyesekere – Editor, TSL.

Friday, August 11, 2017 – 18-year old Canadian tennis star Denis Shapovalov continued his dream run at the Rogers Cup in Montreal when he overcame Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in three sets to earn a berth in the semi-finals. The 18-year-old Canadian beat Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Court Central, where Shapovalov has earned legions of supporters this week at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament. He first knocked off Juan Martin del Potro, then World No. 2 Rafael Nadal in the third round, and Mannarino was the latest established ATP veteran to go down against the spirited left-hander, who's fiery play has created an electric atmosphere on the main court.

Shapovalov, No. 143 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, was already projected to break the Top 100 of the Emirates ATP Rankings at No. 100. But he's now expected to jump to No. 67.

His semi-final run will also help him surge to third place in the Emirates ATP Race to Milan, which will determine seven of the eight 21-and-under players who compete at the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan. The eighth player will be determined by wild card.

Canadian Tennis Star Denis Shapovalov

Thursday, August 10, 2017. World No.2 – Rafael Nadal was stunned by 18-year old Canadian Denis Shapovalov in Montreal, during the Rogers Cup 2017. Fresh from an epic battle with Argentine Martin Del Potro young Shapovalov has now earned entry into the NEXTGEN Club. Immediately following the win over Del Potro, mainstream print media headlines screamed that a "Star is Born".

Remember that name, ladies and gentlemen. Denis Shapovalov is a star! The 18-year-old Canadian upset World No. 2 and top seed in the Rogers Cup in third-round action. 

Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov downed former U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro on a gusty Wednesday at the men's Rogers Cup. The 18-year-old Shapovalov took the second-round match 6-3, 7-6 (4).

"He's my idol," said Shapovalov of the unseeded Del Potro, who has struggled with injuries since winning the 2009 U.S. Open. "Just to play against him is a huge honour for me.

"But to beat a player of this category, of this talent, is very inspiring for me, a huge confidence boost."

Andy Murray will remain number one for another week after 18-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov stunned Rafael Nadal at the Rogers Cup.

The top seed needed to reach the semi-finals to replace the injured Murray at the top of the rankings this week but was beaten in a thrilling last-16 tie against the world number 143.

Shapovalov delighted the home crowd late in the night in Montreal as he recorded a 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4) victory in two hours 45 minutes. 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 10 deuces. The pair continued to trade games up until a tie-break, where Nadal saw a 3-0 lead evaporate by the first change of ends.

The teen was 143rd on the ATP ranking heading into the match and is the second-youngest person to defeat Nadal on the Tour—the youngest being Borna Coric back in 2014 as a 17-year-old. Shapovalov, of Richmond Hill, Ont., is now set to face Adrian Mannarino on Friday, fresh off a win over Milos Raonic, in the quarter-finals. We wish him well.

 

 

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