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12 Agosto 2017, 04:32 | Gerardo Tarin
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While Bouchard was speaking of up-and-comers on the women's side of the draw, there is no question Shapovalov is this week carrying the torch for all Canadian tennis players - male and female - after his upset of world No. 2Rafael Nadal in Thursday's round of 16 in Montreal.
Federer, who celebrated his 36th birthday on Tuesday, took just 53 minutes to beat Canada's world No 116 Peter Polansky 6-2 6-1.
The 18-year-old Shapovalov, who needed a wild card to get into the tournament, continued his giant killing form at the hard court tournament by rallying to beat Nadalin three sets, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/4). "I think I started playing so well in the first set and in general, I played a great match" Nadal told reporters of the 6-1 6-2 win. His ball was just so heavy. Notably, he needs to reach the semi-final in Montreal to do so. The first set was quickly wrapped up 6-1, and the second set was only marginally less one sided. "I will go and have fun but there is no way I am beating this guy", said the last year's Wimbledon junior champion. The youngster dug deep to secure a hard-fought 3-6 6-4 7-6 win against the legend.
Nadal has made a tremendous return in 2017 after struggling with a wrist injury in 2016 that saw him miss a number of tournaments and forced him to end his season pre-maturely in October.
His reward is another step up in quality, as he takes on Rafael Nadal in the final match on Court Central on Thursday. Is something that I don't know why should happen, when you have 18, to don't hold the nerves. Great kid!He played a great match against RAFA in Montreal. After four games in which the Croatian won just 6 points Nadal was in charge.
In this duel between two young players that could one day become the number one global Zverev, the fourth head of series, proved to be intractable, in the face of an opponent who had delivered two solid performances to reach the knockout stages. "It's good I'm doing some sport this week".
Shapovalov did not bow down, though, earning his first break point of the match in the second game of the second set.
Zverev will now face Australia'sNick Kyrgios in the last 16.
Pliskova will meet sixth seed and former world number one Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark in the last eight as she beat Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska 6-3, 6-1.
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