Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov was almost at a loss for words after shocking top seed Rafa Nadal to reach the quarter-finals of the Rogers Cup in Montreal on Thursday.
The tall wild card came from a set down to defeat the 15-times grand slam winner 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(4) to become the youngest player to ever reach the quarter-finals of an ATP Masters 1000 event at the age of 18-years old.
After hitting the winning point Shapovalov dropped to the ground and covered his face after coming back from 3-0 in the third-set tiebreaker.
"It's what I dreamed of all my life growing up, playing guys like Rafa (Nadal), Roger (Federer), Andy (Murray)," said Shapovalov. "You know, my dream came true today."
Shapovalov has been impressive in his home tournament by saving four match points in his first round win over Rogerio Dutra Silva, then beating Juan Martin Del Potro in the second round before stunning Nadal.
"I'm very thankful that I'm in this position. If I didn't save those four match points in the first round, there wouldn't even be a chance to play Juan Martin or Rafa.
"It's difficult to say how I was feeling during the match. It was extremely hard physically and mentally. Rafa is such a warrior. I'm just so happy to come out with the win."
In his next match on Friday, the Canadian will be up against Adrian Mannarino on centre court.
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After the match, Nadal said it was the worst match he played all year but credited his opponent for playing well when it mattered.
"He played well," the 31-year-old said. "He has a great potential.
"I wish him the best. He has everything to become a great player. He played with the right determination in the important moments."
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