Denis Shapovalov: The Next Tennis Great?

Roger Federer defeated Canada's Peter Polansky 6-2 6-1 in his first Canadian Open match since losing to Jo Wilfried Tsonga at the 2014 final in Toronto

Roger Federer defeated Canada's Peter Polansky 6-2 6-1 in his first Canadian Open match since losing to Jo Wilfried Tsonga at the 2014 final in Toronto

Denis Shapovalov's upset win over Rafael Nadal in the third round of the Rogers Cup on Wednesday was not only the biggest win of his career, but one of the biggest upsets in recent tennis history.

As a reward for his unlikely victory, the 2016 Wimbledon junior champion will next face 29-year-old Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in the quarter-finals on Friday. It seems Nadal is comfortably on his way to dethrone Andy Murray from the top spot of ATP rankings. He escorted Andreev onto center court, helped with the coin toss, shook hands with the players and posed for photos before the start of the match, which Nadal would win en route to claiming the event's title that year.

It showed even more in a spectacular game of 14 minutes, 30 seconds in the third set, marked by ten scores 40-40, and that Shapovalov was ripped off to give himself a lead of 2-1 in the round, not without saving three balls of breakage to the passage.

Nadal was clearly unhappy with the defeat, which has thrown his US Open preparations off track. Nadal took a 6-1 6-2 to avenge the thrashing Coric inflicted on him past year in OH and move into the second round. Haase also saw off Grigor Dimitrov 7-6 (6-3) 4-6 6-1 to reach the quarters. "There will be a changing of the guard at world No 1 level, and I hope for Rafa he can get there", the 19-time men's singles Grand Slam victor added. With Nadal and Federer are back in the saddle with 3 Grand Slams between them, one of them will surely end the year as World No 1. The day before yesterday the Swiss player celebrated his 36th birthday, and he couldn't wish for a better way to enter in the new year of his life.

"He has great potential", said the No. 1. "He played with the right determination in the important moments", Nadal said.

"I was just swinging for the fences", said Shapovalov, who saved four match points en route to victory over Rogerio Dutra Silva in the first round and defeated former US Open victor Juan Martin del Potro in the second round.

Roger Federer has cruised to victory in less than an hour in his tennis match since winning a record eighth Wimbledon title in July.

The Canadian teen is known as an aggressive baseliner and has a good service to trouble top players.

Argentina's Diego Schwartzman recovered after failing to take a game in the opening set to beat USA's Jared Donaldson 0-6 7-5 7-5.

Thursday's win over Nadal was far tougher and more impressive, though. He also had seven double faults and won 67 percent of his first serve points.

Fourth seed Alexander Zverev won a battle of NextGen prodigies as he beat Nick Kyrgios 6-4, 6-3. But he persevered to win a game that went to deuce 10 times. "At the beginning of the match there were great points".

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