Nadal Shocked By Shapovalov In Montreal; Federer Wins 17th Straight v Ferrer
by Staff | August 11th, 2017, 2:00 am

Rafael Nadal bid for No. 1 ranking on Monday ended at the hands of young Canadian Denis Shapovalov. The 18-year-old stunned the 3-time tournament champion 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(4) in the third round of the Canadian Open.

After squeezing out the second set, Shapovalov had to save six break points against him from Nadal. Then had to overcome a 3-0 deficit in the third set tiebreaker and he did it in magical style winning seven of the last eight points to the roar and delight of his home crowd.

“It’s so tough. A lot of the times he just hits a shot that’s way too good. I was managing to get a lot back when I could. But, you know, he’s honestly the best player I’ve ever played in my life,” Shapovalov said.

“You could tell why he’s won so many Grand Slams. His ball was just so heavy. He’s such a warrior out there. So it’s honestly, like a dream come true for me to beat a player like that.

“I don’t know if a lot of players fold or if he just outplays them at the end,” he added. “I was down 3-0 in the tie-break. I did a good job to regroup. I knew I had to win both the points off my serve. Yeah, then he gave me a double [fault] to tie it up.

“I just tried to stay calm, tried to play every point, go for my shots. At the end of the day I really tried to keep playing my game and stick to my tactics.”

Nadal, who needed only to beat the 143rd-ranked Shapovalov and then Adrian Mannarino to return to No. 1 on Monday, will have to win until after Cincinnati to get back to the top.

“It probably is the worst lose of the year, without a doubt, for me,” Nadal said. “He played well. I played really bad. When this kind of thing happens, the only thing you can do is wish the opponent the best.

“It is probably my worst loss of the year because I lost against a player with a lower ranking. At the same time, because of the opportunity I had here to come back to No. 1. Always tough, but the draw was not that impossible after all the matches that were happening. So it was an important mistake from me.”

At 18 years, 3 months, Shapovalov is the youngest quarterfinalist in ATP Masters 1y (since 1990) and he’s the youngest quarterfinalist at the Canadian Open since Bjorn Borg (18 years, 2 months) in 1974.

From the youngest to the oldest, Roger Federer register his 17th straight win over David Ferrer, but had to work to do. Federer didn’t play his best and struggled with his serve for much of the day, but prevailed in the end 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

“From the baseline, I didn’t have enough rhythm. The court is fast here. Of course, because of the surface, that it’s fast, you can’t just decide to put the ball in because physically David is very strong. You can’t do that. You have to go into the battle. You have to accept you’re going to make mistakes. But you have to keep moving forward.

“I tried with my intensity and focus to change the match, and this is what I was able to do. I was able also to change the angles, and that helped me win the match.”

Next for Federer is another Spaniard he has dominated in Roberto Bautista Agut. Agut outlasted Gael Monfils in a third set tiebreaker 4-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(2). The Swiss has won all six meetings with Agut, never having dropped a set.

“We battled, both tried to find a way to win. He had a good start, I had a better finish,” Federer said. “That was important. For me, take it how it is and hope that this match gives me some better rhythm and confidence against Bautista Agut, who plays actually very similar to David today.”

Alexander Zverev stayed hot rolling past Nick Kyrgios 6-4, 6-3. The German 20-year-old now meets Kevin Anderson who stopped Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-1.

“The momentum is definitely with me. But I’m playing Anderson tomorrow,” said Zverev who has won his last seven matches. “He’s played a lot of matches. He’s playing very, very well. It’s going to be another interesting one.”

Tomorrow opens with a surprise quarterfinal on Center as Diego Schwartzman meets Robin Haase for a spot in a first Masters semifinal for either. Schwartzman rallied from a 6-0, 2-0 hole against American 20-year-old to win 0-6, 7-5, 7-5.

Haase reached his first Canadian quarterfinals by bouncing Grigor Dimitrov 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-1.

COURT CENTRAL start 12:30 pm
R. Haase (NED) vs D. Schwartzman (ARG)

Not Before 2:30 pm
[12] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) vs [2] R. Federer (SUI)

Not Before 6:30 pm
[WC] D. Shapovalov (CAN) vs A. Mannarino (FRA)
[4] A. Zverev (GER) vs K. Anderson (RSA)

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23 Comments for Nadal Shocked By Shapovalov In Montreal; Federer Wins 17th Straight v Ferrer

gannu Says:


Can you tell me how the ranking scenario will play out for Federer to be No 1…different permutations and combinations based on Rogers cup results

gannu Says:

As of now Murray is at 7750 Nadal is at 7465 and Fed at 6545..Post Montreal assuming Fed wins, it should be Murray 7750, Nadal 7465+90 = 7535 and Fed at 7545 (6545+1000)…So I am wondering why Fed should not be No 1 if he wins Montreal…What is wrong here?

Now cincy points Murray will lose 600 and Nadal 90…so post montreal and Cincy points dropping it will be 7150 Murray, Nadal at 7465 and Fed at 7545 if he wins montreal or 7145 if he reaches the final…So say Fed reaches the final of montreal then point gap is 7465-7145 = 320..thats a large gap…if fed wins Cincy he gets the No 1…if he loses in the final it will all depend on how early Nadal loses as the gap to be closed is 320 which is high

My point is If Fed wins montreal then equation is very simple…Fed just has a to do a level better than Nadal to get No 1 ranking and seed at US open…otherwise there is a whole lot of complexities involved

And in first place why is Fed not No 1 if he wins Montreal…what is wrong with the calculations?

montecarlo Says:

Fed is not number one even if he wins Montreal beacuse Murray’s 7750 will still be more than Fed’s 7545.

pity Says:

We were all hoping for a big showdown, but looking back it was never realistic. Hard to see Nadal do anything of note in this swing, its just to fast for him, like it’s pretty much always been, apart the few years he had slower conditions.

Guess Fed gets to cruise to No by the end of the summer. Hardly a grand achievement under current circumstances, it has to be said.

gannu Says:

Monetcarlo ;-)

I was really dumb ;-) I lost sight of that…was only looking at Nadal’s points !!! :-)

Willow Says:

Well done Dennis, but dissapointing from Rafa, so many BP oppotunities, becoming passive and DF to let Dennis off the hook ….

FedExpress Says:

Is the court fast, Roger? Didnt look like it.

Giles Says:

gannu. You want fed to be #1? 302 weeks not enough? You want more? Greedy people!!

Giles Says:
Not surprised, this is what he does when he’s being threatened. Like a petulant child!

Nits Says:

I hope Nadal and Federer will keep on exchanging No. 1 weeks on and off till tour finals. Nadal had a great opportunity today he made a mess out of it.

the_mind_reels Says:

A very scrappy win for Federer, who I think was struggling a bit with the speed of the court against Ferrer. (It looked slow to me (?), but what do I know.)

As for Nadal, it looked like he let Shapovalov off the hook, particularly in the tiebreak. That forehand at 5-4 was about as tight as they come. Hopefully he rebounds for Cincy!

skeezer Says:

Good observation, thought the same about the court. But Ferrer also looked like he was moving better(Ferrer always moves well lol).

Giles talking about yourself again? Pahleeasee!

Danie Says:


That FH was total nerves. He was insode the court and hit mid court. Arm was heavy and gave Shapov MP.

Tgis a golden oportunity for Federer. He can be #1 at tce and with title honce Murray’s point drops he will be ahead of Nadal.

He will just have tongo same round as Nadal in Cincy, which will be worst tourney for Nadal due to fast courts.

skeezer Says:

Nadal was describing all his great chances here; easy draw, great chance to become #1, playing against a 145, etc.. That is the sad part, should have been easy, but he has a thing about playing against 100+ ranked and WC players. It’s like your 7’2″ going in for a sure dunk and getting blocked by a 5″9″ rookie. Doh!

Humble Rafa Says:

“It probably is the worst lose of the year, without a doubt, for me,” Nadal said.

A bad day goes worse when a so called reporter makes a grammar error and it makes me look like my English is worse than it is. The truth is my English is the best in my family.

Tennis Vagabond Says:

From Rafa’s point of view, its a hard loss. You rarely hear him sound that negative actually, usually he sounds positive even after hard losses. Obviously going for #1 meant a lot to him, and that may shut the window tight- The odds are just in Fed’s favour for Cincy and US, and they are WAY in Fed’s favour for the indoor season. Rafa already owns the whole clay season, so its not like he can make up ground there. That could have been the end of ANY Rafa return to #1.

From Dennis’ point of view, this is a coming out party. Dennis ain’t going away. Anyways who
s followed him saw him rise through juniors to be Wimbledon champ, then switch pretty quickly to the Futures and Challengers, event at 17, because he wanted to learn the men’s game, not the boys. Within a year he has steadily moved up the ranks – he’s gained around 200 ranking spots in just over a year-. He fought at a top 100 level in Davis Cup last winter, and he beat Kyle Edmund at Aegon, then took Jerzey Janowicz to 4 at Wimbledon.

That serve is not going to get worse. That forehand is not going to get worse. We’ll see if his 1 handed backhand will hold up as well as some on tour, but he’s destined for top 20 as a teenager- there’s not a lot of that going around lately!
He has a legit shot at winning tonight. That rankings boost would put him close to main draw at Cincy, and certainly into the USO main draw.

Daniel Says:


As of Now, Nadal would be #1 after Cincy on Aug 21st:

– Murray: 7750 – 600 (Cincy 2016), won´t play cincy 2017 = 7150 pts
– Nadal: 7465 + 90 (Montreal 2017) – 90 Cincy 2016 = 7465 pts
– Federer: 6545 + 180 Montrela 2017 (so far) = 6735 pts

If Fed wins the title, he goes to 7545, which will be 80 pts ahead of Nadal´s 7465, so he will be the #1 after CIncy if both don´t play for example.

He will just have to lose same round as Nadal in Cincy, but if Fed loses R16 and Nadal first round, Nadal gets 10 pts and fed 90, so they will be tied at 7475 pts. Don´t know the criteria to break the tie.

If Fed improve his game (he hasn´t lost a set to Agut) and win confortably next few rounds will be best scenario, as he may make a run in Cincy as well, a tourney he had great success and never lost a final. He can further increase his rankings points while Nadal still have some points to deduct = 280 pts (180 from USO last year + 10 from Shangai + 90 from Beijig)

lylenubbins Says:

Tight tennis from our Rafa, lots of tentative groundies that sat up mid court, which young Shapo crushed over and over again. Hopefully a wake up call for him. Good to have Shapo in the mix though

Giles Says:

^^^^^ Clear as mud. Lol

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Schwartzman or Haase is about to make a Masters semis. That is a weaaaaaak field.

Humble Rafa Says:

Some people are salivating when there is no food. I wonder why.

Humble Rafa Says:

Screechy Vicky is learning the hard way that you should not have children without getting married. It’s sad.

Daniel Says:

Fed broke to start second set but was broken right after. Hope he is anle to close this in two. He needs a quick match.

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