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Denis Shapovalov’s inspiring Rogers Cup run won’t soon be forgotten

Sportsnet logo Sportsnet 4 days ago Eric Engels

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MONTREAL — Denis Shapovalov did not go gently into that good night.

The 18-year-old Richmond Hill, Ont., native, who came into the Rogers Cup as the 143rd ranked player in the world and vaulted his way up to No. 67 this week with wins over Rogerio Dutra Silva, Juan Martin del Potro, top-seed Rafael Nadal and Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, gave Germany’s Alexander Zverev a run for his money on Saturday.

But ultimately Shapovalov failed to become the youngest player in history to reach the final of a Masters 1000 event.

After he sailed a looping backhand into the doubles alley to drop the match 6-4, 7-5, he took to the border of centre court and put things in perspective in an interview with Sportsnet’s Arash Madani.

“It was an unbelievable week for me,” Shapovalov said.

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