ROME: The Canadian Tennis participant Denis Shapovalov engineered a surprising comeback to defeat an ailing Rafael Nadal 1-6, 7-5, 6-2 and reach the Italian Open quarter-finals, right here on Thursday.
Shapovalov, who had Nadal getting ready to the defeat within the earlier version of the Italian Open creating two match factors earlier than dropping in a third-set tie-break, has now managed to settle his scores with the Spaniard following an excellent victory within the Round of 16 of the continuing version.
Nadal, who was fighting an obvious foot harm, set the tone early within the match as he secured the primary set by a scoreline of 6-1. Shapovalov, alternatively, maintained his menace and fired again at his opponent within the remaining two units.
The 10th time Italian Open champion Nadal confirmed grit however together with his motion restricted, Shapovalov took full benefit to run away with the match.
Shapovalov, who rose to the 15th rank this week within the newest ATP Live Rankings can reach as excessive because the 11th by successful his first ATP Masters 1000 title right here.
The Canadian subsequent faces the fifth seed Casper Ruud, who reached the semi-finals on the ATP Masters 1000s in Monte Carlo and Madrid final season however has but to reach that stage this 12 months on the continent.