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Rafael Nadal upset by Denis Shapovalov at Montreal Masters

12 Août 2017

Nadal's loss means Andy Murray remains world number one, but only until next week's Cincinnati Masters, where Nadal or Roger Federer will replace him. "I respect everybody. Yeah, obviously is a tough lose for me". I play really bad. Last time that I played against him I lost, a year ago in Cincinnati. "When this kind of thing happens, only thing you can do is wish the opponent the best, all the best".

Roger Federer continued the trend, following up a 4-6 loss in the first set with a 6-4, 6-2 finish. He's also the second-youngest player to beat Nadal (Coric, 2014 Basel).

Playing for the first time since his Wimbledon fourth round exit to Gilles Muller, Nadal was in no-nonsense form as he swiftly set up a last-16 meeting with Canadian teenage wildcard Denis Shapovalov, who upset Juan Martin del Potro in straight sets on Wednesday.

The youngster who saved nine of 11 break points was heavily tested in the final set as he battled the experienced Nadal all the way to a tiebreaker.

A Polansky double fault gave Federer the break and the Swiss was soon 3-0 up after holding serve to love in the next game.

Shapovalov won seven of the final eight points of the third set tiebreaker before closing out the match with a forehand victor down the line. The young Canadian hit some stunning winners in the match and put in another attacking performance that is sure to win him fans.

In the women's event, now taking place at the Aviva Centre in Toronto, Sloane Stephens of the United States eliminated German third seed Angelique Kerber 6-2, 6-2 in 58 minutes to reach the quarter-finals. But you could tell why he has won so many Grand Slams. With Bouchard and leading Canadian men's player, Milos Raonic, both eliminated, it is safe to say all eyes are on Shapovalov.

"He had a good start, I had a better finish", he said.

"Is probably the worst match of the year for me", Nadal said near the end of his news conference. Helped by a brilliant return of service, Federer recovered the break in the fifth game and managed to protect for the closure of the set after 35 minutes thanks to a superb forehand in parallel.

The other quarter-final matches on Friday include a clash between Holland's Robin Haase and Argentina's Diego Schwartzman as well as the talented German Alexander Zverev taking on South Africa's Kevin Anderson. The teenager from Richmond Hill, Ontario won 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 against Nadal in the third round and moves on to a quarterfinal tonight with France's Adrian Mannarino.

Rafael Nadal upset by Denis Shapovalov at Montreal Masters