Something pretty incredible happened in Montreal last night. Applause rang out from a sold-out crowd, which included the likes of Wayne Gretzky and Olympic swimmer Penny Oleksiak as Canadian teen Denis Shapovalov shocked all watchers — and himself — in turfing tennis superstar Rafael Nadal from the Rogers Cup. He triumphed in a thrilling third-round match against the tournament’s top seed.
Shapovolov becomes the youngest player to reach the quarter-finals of the Rogers Cup since Bjorn Borg in 1974. He’s also the youngest the youngest to beat a player ranked in the top two in the world since Nadal beat Roger Federer in 2004 in Miami.
Shapovalov says his 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 victory over Nadal is his dream come true. Next up for Shapovolov – a match tonight against France’s Adrian Mannarino. (The Canadian Press)