Denis Shapovalov upset an out-of-sorts Alexander Zverev 6-3 7-6(5) 6-3 in broiling heat to reach his first Australian Open quarter-last on Sunday.
The Canadian lefthander was just amazing against the German third seed, earning one of his greatest career wins at Margaret Court Arena.
Shapovalov blew a match point with a wild forehand into the tramlines yet wrapped up the contest when Zverev got under pressure.
“Definitely happy with where the game is at,” said the ecstatic 22-year-old, long tipped for success at the Grand Slams. “I think off the ground I was just really playing very well, really feeling my shots off both wings.”
The 14th seed will face Rafa Nadal for a spot in the semi-finals.
Shapovalov said, “It’s always an honour to go up against a guy like Rafa,” “It’s always going to be a battle against him. It’s going to be a tough one but I’m going to enjoy it.”
Rafa Nadal beats Mannarino in a battle of left-handers to reach the last eight.
Rafa Nadal stayed on course for a men’s record 21st Grand Slam title after winning a clash of left-handers against Adrian Mannarino 7-6(14) 6-2 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Sunday.