Shapovalov beats idol del Potro to advance at Rogers Cup

Shapovalov beats idol del Potro to advance at Rogers Cup”

The 18-year-old Shapovalov downed 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro 6-3, 7-6 (4) in a second-round match on a gusty Wednesday afternoon.

"Thanks so much", Shapovalov said to the crowd after the match.

Top-seeded Rafael Nadal and No. 2 Roger Federer cruised to easy victories Wednesday in their opening matches at the Rogers Cup. "Like I said yesterday, [Del Potro's] my idol". "Just to play against him is a huge honour for me". To beat a player of this category, of this talent, it's very inspiring to me.

The win lifted Shapovalov into some rarefied company. He's the youngest player to reach the third round of this event since Mats Wilander in 1982.

Swiss tennis maestro Roger Federer in action at the Rogers Cup in Montreal. When del Potro broke his serve to take a 2-0 lead in the second set, Shapovalov broke right back. He then fell behind 3-1 in the tiebreaker, but reeled off five consecutive points for a 6-3 lead. He upset No. 75 Vasek Pospisil of Vancouver in the first round on Monday. The 29-year-old double faulted twice in his first service game and had difficulty handling Federer's pinpoint serves. "I have to adjust my game a little bit just because the bounce of the ball is so much higher here than at Wimbledon, and there's wind, which in Wimbledon we didn't have much of". It's going to be very interesting for me to go up against him, just to see how my game style matches him.

He used the short return to push del Potro deep into the court and the Argentine was forced to throw up a defensive lob, which Shapovalov put way.

Dutra Silva had two match points at 6-4, but an unforced error erased one point and Shapovalov pulled even with a half-volley drop shot for a victor.

They were a boisterous bunch, having been revved up earlier in the day by two-time Rogers Cup champion Roger Federer, who played his first match in Montreal since 2011 and dismantled Canadian Peter Polansky 6-2, 6-1 in just under 53 minutes. He played his first match of the hardcourt season that leads to the U.S. Open. It was 4-4 in the second set when he served his only ace.

"Every time I look at him, I think what a ridiculous athlete and what a ridiculous player he is. But it didn't really come together as well as I would have hoped". That will be followed by Canadian Milos Raonic, the No. 6 seed, facing France's Adrian Mannarino.

This wasn't a vintage serving game for the left-handed Shapovalov.

South Korean 21-year-old Chung Hyeon withstood 16 aces to beat 2014 semi-finalist Feliciano Lopez 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (7/3).

Coric has won two of three prior encounters with the Spanish great, who won a 10th French Open title this year and can regain the world number one ranking with a run to the semi-finals this week.

In other results, third-seed Dominic Thiem of Austria was upset 6-4, 6-7 (7), 7-5 by Argentina's Diego Schwartzman and Fifth-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan, a finalist a year ago, was ousted 6-7 (4), 7-6 (7), 7-5 by Gael Monfils.

Denis Shapovalov showed why he's regarded as the future of Canadian tennis as he fought off four match points in a second-set tiebreaker and defeated Rogerio Dutra Silva of Brazil 4-6, 7-6 (8), 6-4 in the first round of the Rogers Cup Canadian Open tennis championships on Tuesday.

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