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Rafael Nadal stunned by wild card Denis Shapovalov at Montreal Masters

Rafael Nadal stunned by wild card Denis Shapovalov at Montreal Masters”

Denis Shapovalov, a Canadian teenager striving to crack the world's top 100, shocked top-seeded Rafael Nadal in the third round of the Rogers Cup on Thursday.

Shapovalov delighted the home crowd late in the night in Montreal as he recorded a 3-6 6-4 7-6 (7/4) victory in two hours 45 minutes.

Sixth seed Milos Raonic was also upset by Adrian Mannarino 6-4 6-4 while American Sam Querrey beat France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1 3-6 6-4.

Ahead of the Montreal tournament, present World No. 1 Andy Murray announced his withdrawal from the tournament owing to recovery from hip injury.

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. And the top seed, who last topped the rankings in 2014, quickly found his groove by dismantling his opponent 6-1, 6-2 to reach the last 16.

In other action in Montreal, Gael Monfils produced the comeback of the day to beat Kei Nishikori in three sets, while emerging Canadian Denis Shapovalov enjoyed the biggest win of his young career by defeating hard-hitting Argentine Juan Martin del Potro. "Not [just] me", Shapovalov said during last year's Rogers Cup. "At the same time because of the opportunity I had to get back to No. 1".

18-year-old Canadian, Shapovalov was nearly caught speechless after the biggest win of his career. "I'm trying to have the right preparation now and that's it", Nadal told the ATP's website.

It will be a tough road for Shapovalov to reach the final especially if he were to go up against Roger Federer who is playing some of his best tennis of late. She was in form during the tiebreaker, firing a service victor to convert her second set point under the warm sun.

"For me it was more of a struggle.", Federer said of the mmatch.

"Every time I look at him, I think what a ridiculous athlete and what a ridiculous player he is".

In his first two trips to the service Ferrer has allowed just one point, while he was given seven chances to break in first two attempts of his illustrious rival. Is something that I don't know why should happen, when you have 18, to don't hold the nerves.

Shapovalov come back from down 3-0 in the tiebreak to take the set 7-6 (4) and win the match.

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. "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.

Nadal, though, will be the number one seed next week in Cincinnati for the first time since 2010, no matter how he fares in Canada this week.



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