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Rafael Nadal Defeated By Denis Shapovalov In Quarter-Finals

The tennis superstar loses his chance at being #1 in the Emirates ATP rankings.

Canadian tennis player, Denis Shapovalov, delivered the performance of his career on Thursday evening, stunning World #2 Rafael Nadal 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(4) in front of an electric Court Central crowd at the Coupe Rogers in Montreal.

Shapovalov is the youngest quarter-finalist at an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament. He's also the second-youngest player to beat Nadal (Coric, 2014 Basel).

"It's so tough. A lot of the times he just hits a shot that's way too good. I was managing to get a lot back when I could. But, you know, he's honestly the best player I've ever played in my life," Shapovalov said.

"You could tell why he's won so many Grand Slams. His ball was just so heavy. He's such a warrior out there. So it's honestly, like a dream come true for me to beat a player like that."

The teenager was under no illusions as to the calibre of the opponent across the net from him. Congratulations, Shapovalov!


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