The newcomer In Montreal 2017, Denis Shapovalov was motivated to perform at his peak in front of the home crowd. An 18-year-old entered the third round and was matched up against Rafael Nadal, the second-ranked player in the world. To surpass the kid and take the top spot, the Spaniard had to win.
1 once more, although that had to wait till a different competition. Denis shocked Rafa 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 in two hours and forty-five minutes to advance to the quarterfinals of the Masters 1000 and make history. Shapovalov, who was taking part in his second Masters 1000 competition, defeated Nadal to surpass Borna Coric in Basel in 2014 as the second-youngest contestant.
The 143rd-ranked player in the world gave the Spaniard everything he had, playing courageous, aggressive tennis and keeping the ball on his racquet to record 49 wins and 41 unforced errors. Rafa, on the other hand, struggled to find his flow and finished the match with 18 victories and 29 errors despite having six break chances in the final set and a 3-0 advantage in the tie break.
In the shortest exchanges, there was no way to tell the opponents apart, and Nadal had a slight advantage in the lengthier ones. Denis nonetheless outperformed Nadal with his forehand while keeping his backhand safe enough to withstand the rallies.
Nadal served at a 57% rate, faced six break attempts, and lost serve twice.
At the age of 18, Denis Shapovalov defeated Rafael Nadal in Montreal in 2017.
The three-time winner earned 11 break opportunities but only converted two, which cost him dearly. He claimed 37% of the return points.
Despite serving at 46%, Nadal easily won the opening set by keeping Shapovalov off balance and broke him at 4-3. Rafa took the opening set 6-3 after winning 12 of the final 13 games, and he appeared poised to win the match in straight sets.
In the second set, Denis played at a higher level, producing all six break opportunities and breaking Nadal in game two. In game six, Shapovalov had a 4-1 lead but lost another two chances. A few minutes later, Nadal unexpectedly broke through again, making him the overwhelming favorite to win the match in straight sets and go one victory closer to the top spot.
1 place. Shapovalov, on the other hand, proved to be incredibly brave and decisive by making another break at 5-4 to end the set and force a decider in front of a supportive audience. In the first round of the final, the player with greater experience was more hazardous on the return, but this did not give him the upper hand.
After surviving six break points, including eleven deuces in the arduous game three, the child refused to give up. They played well in the final seven games to force a tie-breaking round. Before making a double fault that forced Denis back, Nadal had a 3-0 advantage.
The Canadian gained momentum and took the lead at 5-4 with a forehand winner. The following point, Rafa conceded a simple forehand and handed his opponent two match points. On the first point, Shapovalov blasted another forehand winner down the line to move over the top and collapse to the ground in shock.