On Wednesday afternoon at STADE IGA, Denis Shapovalov’s dream week of tennis lasted another day when he disposed of former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina.
With the crowd solidly behind him, the young lefthander qualified for the third round of Rogers Cup presented by National Bank with a two-set victory (6-4, 7-6 (4)) over the world no.31. Shapovalov, who just recently embarked on his professional career, is currently ranked no. 143 but should rise considerably on Monday when the new rankings are released. In a showdown that lasted just under two hours (1:44), the Canadian earned 81 points versus 66 for his opponent, who, it must be said, played far below his talent level.
On Centre Court, clearly moved by his triumph, Shapovalov thanked the crowds. Touching in his shock, he praised the atmosphere in the stadium.
One of the day’s other matches also ended with a surprise: Gaël Monfils of France came back from a 7-6, 5-2 deficit to overpower fifth seed Kei Nishikori of Japan. After nearly three hours of play, Monfils closed things out at 6-7 (4), 7-5, 7-6 (6). It was the first time Monfils claimed the win against Nishikori, though their four previous showdowns had all been close calls.