By now, you may have seen the photo circulating of a pint-sized Denis Shapovalov, Canada's newest tennis darling, posing with Rafael Nadal, whom he beat Thursday night during Rogers Cup action in Montreal.
Denis Shapovalov's historic defeat of Rafael Nadal on Thursday was not the first time the Canadian up-and-comer met the Spanish legend on the court. After a rain delay, Shapovalov broke Mannarino to take a 4-2 lead in the second set. The win over Nadal put Shapovalov into the quarter-finals of the Rogers Cup, making him the youngest player to advance to the tournament's final eight since Bjorn Borg in 1974. 7-5, 6-4. The fourth seed from Germany capitalized on three of his five break point chances to prevail after one hour and 31 minutes. Shapovalov blasted a total of nine aces, including ones on his second serve that handcuffed Nadal.
The unseeded Monfils played his third straight three-set match, including an upset win over fifth-seeded Kei Nishikori in the second round.
Federer eased into the semifinals with a workmanlike 6-4, 6-4 win over 12th-seeded Roberto Bautista-Agut of Spain.
Unseeded Argentine Diego Schwartzman posted a odd win over American Jared Donaldson 0-6, 7-5, 7-5 to advance to a quarterfinal meeting with Robin Haase, the 52nd-ranked Dutchman who upset seventh-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-1.
Federer grabbed a second service break late in the third set to effectively seal the victory and improve to 17-0 lifetime against the 35-year-old Spaniard. Haase said it was hard for both players after playing tough three-set matches against seeded players earlier in the week.
"I played a lot of good matches, especially against Dimitrov", said Haase. "It's tough to come back and play that same level. I knew that was a very big turning point", Shapovalov said.
"I was not as fast". "After one-and-a-half years, I got back". I was insecure. I had a lot of problems with other injuries after. "It drains you because you know you can do better, but actually your own body is not letting you".