It was one of the biggest wins in Canadian tennis history and it came at the tournament that some still call the Canadian Open.
Ahead of the Montreal tournament, present World No. 1 Andy Murray announced his withdrawal from the tournament owing to recovery from hip injury.
It will be a tough road for Shapovalov to reach the final especially if he were to go up against Roger Federer who is playing some of his best tennis of late. He even trailed 3-0 in the third set tiebreaker, before pummeling Nadal 7-points-to-1 the rest of the way. "But, you know, he's honestly the best player I've ever played in my life", Shapovalov said.
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.
It was not until he levelled at one set apiece that he realised he could beat Nadal and set up a meeting with 29-year-old Frenchman Adrian Mannarino this morning (Singapore time).
"Is probably the worst match of the year for me", Nadal said near the end of his news conference.
But his defeat means Murray hangs on to the summit one more week until the Cincinnati Masters, where Nadal or Roger Federer will overtake him. However, here he beat Brazil's Rogerio Dutra Silva in the opening round, followed it up with another win over Juan Martin Del Potro in the second before finally scalping Nadal. Let's see. Let him make his career. But Shapovalov still did tremendously well to overcome the nerves he was likely feeling, and put in another great performance against a top player. "I went up a break in the second set early and even though he broke me back I felt like - OK, I am capable of breaking him". He has everything to become a great player. "I played really well in the big 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. "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".
In other action, Diego Schwartzman lost the first eight games of his match against American Jared Donaldson, but the Argentine rallied for a 0-6, 7-5, 7-5 victory. "At the beginning of the match there were great points".
Shapovalov fell on the ground and looked up to the sky after hitting a victor to send Nadal packing out of Montreal.
Fourth seed Alexander Zverez and seventh seed Grigor Dimitrov each needed three sets to advance while ninth seed David Goffin was upset by South Korean Hyeon Chung 7-5 6-3.
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