The 18-year-old Shapovalov, who needed a wild card to get into the tournament, continued his giant-killing form at the hard court tournament by rallying to beat Nadal in three sets, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) on Thursday. An unequal duel between the second-favorite and the 52nd world, between a player who has 26 titles Masters to his resume and another who will play his first semi-final on this grand stage.
The lanky left-hander with the shaggy blonde hair has emerged as Canada's newest tennis star with his play this week at a tournament some still call the Canadian Open.
It must be said that Bautista Agut, 12th favorite in Montreal, is a player particularly strong this season.
"I told him he had a great run, well done to him, to not worry too much that he lost today", said Zverev. I've been able to keep points short. "The crowd really lifted me". I came from vacation, did some fitness, saw how I was feeling and said, 'You know what, I practiced so much the a year ago, let's go play some matches'. "I just told him that this is the beginning for him".
The junior Wimbledon victor and tournament wild card entered the week with three ATP-level wins and has added four more so far.
Shapovalov has taken major strides this week to reach his goal of cracking the world's top 100 with wins over Rogerio Dutra Silva and 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro.
"It's a huge opportunity for them". Very rarely, except maybe when Andy, Novak and Rafa (Nadal) were coming up.
"But even Zverev, same thing".
Having performed so admirably to force a tie-break, Haase started slowly but again showed his character by winning four points in a row from 4-1 down. "It will also be a good match to watch, I think".
"I'm looking forward to a tough match because he can serve very well and he mixes up his tactics a lot", said Federer. "Next week (in Cincinnati), different conditions, different courts, so it's tournament by tournament". It drains you because you know you can do better.
Third seed Dominic Thiem of Austria lost to Argentina's Diego Schwartzman 6-4, 6-7 (7), 7-5 while last year's finalist and fifth-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan, lost 6-7 (4), 7-6 (7), 7-5 to Gael Monfils.