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Rafael Nadal stunned by wild card Denis Shapovalov at Montreal Masters

Rafael Nadal left was beaten by Canadian youngster Denis Shapovalov right today Shapovalov downs Del Potro, Federer cruises past Canada's Polansky at Rogers Cup
Eleena Tovar | 13 Agosto, 2017, 05:50

Neither Shapovalov or Nadal could create separation during the third set that went into a tiebreak. The youngster defeated Juan Martin del Potro on Wednesday and continued his giant-killing run in Montreal by shocking the 15-time Grand Slam champion, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), on Thursday.

Kevin Anderson eased past Sam Querrey 6-4 6-1 while Adrian Mannarino beat Hyeon Chung 6-3 6-3 and will be Shapovalov's quarter-final opponent.

Nadal's exit opens a possibility for No. 3 Roger Federer to possibly return to No. 1 with a top performance next week in Cincinnati, the final major tune-up for the US open starting August 28.

With the incredible victory in the third round against Rafael Nadal, Denis Shapovalov wants to be the sensation of the week at the Rogers Cup.

Nadal, 31, was pressing on Shapovalov's serve throughout the third set but the Canadian saved each of the Spaniard's six break points to force a tie-break. Nadal took a 6-1 6-2 to avenge the thrashing Coric inflicted on him previous year in OH and move into the second round.

World No. 1 Karolina Pliskova moved on to the Rogers Cup quarterfinals with a 6-2, 6-7 (4), 1-0 victory when Japanese qualifier Naomi Osaka had to retire because of an abdominal injury.

After dropping the first set 3-6, Shapovalov broke Nadal's serve twice in the second to even the match. Borna Coric actually went into the match leading the head to head 2-1, but a repeat of his shock victories in Basel in 2014 and Cincinnati a year ago never looked likely. If he lose playing a good match, was good for him.

World number one Karolina Pliskova is through to the quarter-finals of the women's event in Toronto
World number one Karolina Pliskova is through to the quarter-finals of the women's event in Toronto

"He has everything to become a great player". Federer said if it's a two-way race between Rafa and him and he hopes to be him as it means a lot of him to get back at No 1. "I played really well in the big moments".

Switzerland's Roger Federer has earned his place in the quarter-finals of the pane men's Rogers Cup on Thursday after-noon after having taken the measure of the Spaniard David Ferrer in three sets 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Some people are calling it the biggest victory in Canadian tennis history.

Unseeded Argentine Diego Schwartzman posted a unusual win over American Jared Donaldson 0-6, 7-5, 7-5 to advance to a quarterfinal meeting with Robin Haase, the 52nd-ranked Dutchman who upset seventh-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-1.

IT was a set of first-serve, first-strike tennis as Nadal won all 11 of his first-serve points, permitting just four points on serve. If they can play that way throughout the tournament, without Djokovic, Murray and Wawrinka there, its tough to see who can stop them.

German Alexander Zverev, the fourth seed, downed Frenchman Richard Gasquet 6-3,4-6,7-6 (3). Sometimes I beat them 10 times in a row.