Shapovalov magic runs out in Rogers Cup semifinals

Ross Houston
August 13, 2017

Zverev ended the final hopes of the 143rd world-ranked newcomer, who moved with his family to Canada before his first birthday, with a 6-4, 7-5 victory.

The 36-year-old began the second set with a break and cruised through the rest of the match, which lasted just over an hour, to book a last-four clash with Dutchman Robin Haase. He also had seven double faults and won 67 percent of his first serve points.

Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov celebrates his victory over Adrian Mannarino at the Rogers Cup men's event in Montreal on Friday. Rafael Nadal would be playing his third round match at the Rogers Cup against former French Open quarter-finalist Igor Andreev who had previously beaten Tomas Berdych in the second round.

World No. 3 Roger Federer has reached the Rogers Cup semifinals following a straight sets victory over Roberto Bautista Agut in Montreal. More damaging to Shapovalov, however, as he dropped the first set after Zverev backhanded a return from a lofty height, smashing a victor, then benefitting from a Shapovalov DF in the fifth game.

"Worst loss of the year because I lost against a player with a lower ranking", Nadal said. As in the previous round against Rafael Nadal, Denis Shapovalov made quite a comeback to recover from a one-set deficit.

Kevin Anderson of South Africa downed American Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-1 and will next play fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev, who ousted 16th-seeded Nick Kyrgios 6-4, 6-3. In the third game of the third set, Shapovalov dropped his serve following which, he hit a ball aimlessly towards the spectators in anger.

Well, straight but zigzag sets, as momentum swung back and forth, with Shapovalov hanging in tough - that's one thing we've learned this week, this kid is way tough - through a final game that went to deuce five times, the homeboy fighting off two of three match points, but unable to convert three break chances of his own, before a long return settled the matter. I didn't, but I managed to win because I kept fighting. I came back really fast, from zero to 60 in eight months. Nowhere was Federer's wayward performance better illustrated than in the seventh game, when he squandered three break points at 0-40 to allow Ferrer to take a 5-2 lead. So, these statistics are a bit ridiculous, because I have a lot of respect for David. Number one for me was anyway something for later in the year. Then this kind of eats you up inside mentally. "You know, my dream came true today". That took me, honestly, a couple of years to get more calm in my head, that I have to deal with it. Zverev, 20, is the youngest player ranked in the top 20 in the world and Shapovalov became the youngest since 1990 when he reached the quarter-finals of the Masters 1000 event.

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