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Nadal, Federer cruise to easy wins at Rogers Cup

13 Agosto 2017
Nadal, Federer cruise to easy wins at Rogers Cup

I'm sure that he will be confident after saving a big match against (Rogerio) Dutra Silva and today winning against one of the best players of the world.

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. 2 Rafael Nadal in Thursday's round of 16 in Montreal.

The top seed needed to reach the semi-finals to replace the injured Murray at the top of the rankings this week but was beaten in a thrilling last-16 tie against the world number 143.

"I'm very thankful that I'm in this position", said Shapovalov, who had hockey great Wayne Gretzky and Olympic swimming star Penny Oleksiak cheering for him from the seats. He defeated former US Open victor Juan Martin Del Potro in the second round in straight sets 6-3 7-6 (7/4) to set up the showdown with Nadal.

"Even though I lost, this is one of the most memorable experiences of my life along with the match I played against him in Toronto", said Polansky.

Regardless of his results on Friday and beyond, the teenager will leapfrog into the top 100 of the men's ATP rankings, which will earn him a berth in a lot more tournaments. The outburst appeared to steady the Swiss, whose serve and overall accuracy improved as the two-hour match progressed. "On match point, when I hit that double right before it, I mean, my ears nearly popped".

The canary-colored top Nadal wore was already saturated with sweat when he slid an ace down the middle holding for 3-2.

Rafael Nadal congratulates Denis Shapovalov for his victory during day seven of the Rogers Cup

Denis Shapovalov battled back to win after Rafael Nadal beat him easily in the first set.

It will be interesting to see how Shapovalov progesses. "If he loses playing a good match, was good for him".

"He has great potential", said the No. 1. "I have another week in Cincinnati, and then I have a Grand Slam coming", he said.

World number 36 Schwartzman will play Holland's Robin Haase who overcame Grigor Dimitrov 7-6 (7/3) 4-6 6-1. He played with the right determination in the important moments.

Returning to play at the Rogers Cup in the Canadian city of Montreal on Wednesday (NZT Thursday), Federer's dominance was on show as he crushed local hope Peter Polansky 6-2 6-1. "At the beginning of the match there were great points".

Roberto Bautista bt Gael Monfils 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (2); Adrian Mannarino bt Hyeon Chung 6-3, 6-3; Alexander Zverev bt Nick Kyrgios 6-4, 6-3; Kevin Anderson bt Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-1.

The Argentine who beat No. 3 seed Dominic Thiem, rallied from 0-6, 0-2 down to beat American Jared Donaldson 0-6, 7-5, 7-5. Nadal lost a three-point advantage in the tiebreak as he lost six of the last seven points in the match to fall in three sets.