Denis Shapovalov, a Canadian tennis player, came back to beat an injured Rafael Nadal 1-6, 7-5, 6-2 to go to the quarter-finals of the Italian Open on Thursday.
Shapovalov, who had Nadal on the verge of defeat in the previous edition of the Italian Open, creating two match points before falling in a third-set tie-break, has now made amends with the Spaniard after a spectacular triumph in the current edition’s Round of 16.
Nadal, who was suffering from an apparent foot injury, set the tone early on in the match by winning the first set 6-1. In the final two sets, Shapovalov, on the other hand, maintained his threat and struck back at his opponent.
Nadal, the tenth winner of the Italian Open, showed tenacity, but with his movement limited, Shapovalov took full advantage to win the match.
Shapovalov, who is now ranked 15th in the ATP Live Rankings, can move up to 11th if he wins his maiden ATP Masters 1000 title here.
The fifth seed, Casper Ruud, will face the Canadian next. Ruud reached the semi-finals of the ATP Masters 1000s in Monte Carlo and Madrid last season, but has yet to do so this year on the continent.