Rafael Nadal says Denis Shapovalov has ‘star’ potential
CAPTION: World No. 1 tennis player Rafael Nadal says Canadian Denis Shapovalov has all the qualities needed to become a “big star.” Nadal opens his 2018 Rogers Cup campaign in Toronto on Wednesday. (August 3, 2018) SOUNDBITE: Rafael Nadal, tennis player PLACELINE: Toronto CREDIT: The Canadian Press STORYLINE: Rafael Nadal may have won the Rogers Cup three times, but it's a recent upset loss that sticks in his mind the most.
Nadal won in 2005, 2008 and most recently in 2013, where he beat Milos Raonic 6-2, 6-2, in Montreal.
Of his However, his strongest memory of playing in Canada is last year's third round where he was upset by Shapovalov, a wild-card entry in Montreal.
The Canadian went on to lose to Germany's Alexander Zverev in the semifinals.
Zverev is the second seed in this year's tournament.