The Next Tennis Great — Denis Shapovalov

Roger Federer was taken to three sets by David Ferrer but came through

World No.2 Rafael Nadal fell to a shock defeat by 18-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov at the ongoing Rogers Cup in Montreal.

Shapovalov stunned Nadal 3-6, 6-4,7-6 (4) in the third round despite needing a wild card to get into the tournament.

Shapovalov continued to go toe-to-toe with Nadal until the decisive tiebreak, where the Spaniard appeared set to book his spot in the next round, only for the former to come storming back.

Shapovalov won seven of the final eight points of the third set tiebreaker before closing out the match with a forehand winner down the line. I play really bad. "We are very happy to be a part of it".

Nadal breezed past Borna Coric of Croatia 6-1, 6-2. He has everything to become a great player.

Teenager Shapovalov showed a promising mental toughness on Thursday night in Montreal as he didn't fall under the pressure in the key moments.

"He's my idol", said Shapovalov of the unseeded Del Potro. "It was a different mindset". They threw full support behind the left-handed Shapovalov, who caused a stir at last year's Rogers Cup by ousting Aussie star Nick Kyrgios. But that's like this.

"Yeah, it just felt really surreal, you knowm" Shapovalov confessed.

Nadal won't take him lightly.

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One almost felt a twinge of sympathy for Peter Polansky as he stepped on court. "He is an aggressive player". The 29-year-old double faulted twice in his first service game and had difficulty handling Federer's pinpoint serves. You just have to maintain. He was then eliminated either in the first round or in qualifying of his next five consecutive tournaments, including the French Open.

Federer, who turned 36 this week, responded by hitting a ball into the stands, earning a scolding but no official ball abuse call from the umpire. Shapovalov grabbed the momentum and worked his way to a pair of match points.

'This is how I want to play for the whole week.

At Toronto: Third round: Karolina Pliskova bt Naomi Osaka 6-2, 6-7 (4), 1-0 retd.; Caroline Garcia bt Catherine Bellis 6-4, 6-2. I was able to break him in the beginning of the second set. At the 2014 Rogers Cup, he lost 6-2, 6-0.

"It's what I dreamed of all my life growing up, playing guys like Rafa (Nadal), Roger (Federer), Andy (Murray)", said Shapovalov.

Wall has three medals at the games, a gold, silver and bronze.

"But even all these kind of things, I make too many mistakes in important points".

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. "So of course it's exciting for Canadian tennis". Seventh-seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitov topped Mischa Zverev 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

Frenchman Monfils fended off four match points to beat Japanese world number nine Nishikori in a three-set thriller 6-7 (4) 7-5 7-6 (6).

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