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Canada’s Denis Shapovalov loses in Rogers Cup semifinals

Bill Beacon, The Canadian Press

Published Saturday, August 12, 2017 9:55PM EDT

Last Updated Saturday, August 12, 2017 11:18PM EDT

MONTREAL — Denis Shapovalov’s dream week ended, but a rivalry may have been born with rising star Alexander Zverev.

The stirring comebacks that 18-year-old Shapovalov used to become the youngest player to reach the semifinals of a Masters 1000 Series tournament died out when 20-year-old Zverev proved a little sharper and downed the Richmond Hill, Ont., lefthander 6-4, 7-5 on Saturday night.

Fourth-seeded Zverev, coming off a win last week in Washington, D.C., and seeking a fifth tournament win this year, will face Swiss legend Roger Federer in the final on Sunday. Federer dispatched unseeded Dutchman Robin Haase 6-3, 7-6 (5).

“Like the media was putting it, it was a dream week for me,” said Shapovalov. “Obviously I didn’t expect it.

“I saved four match points the first round (against Rogerio Dutra Silva). I just played loose after that, just went with it. I mean, I beat one of my idols.”

Indeed, Shapovalov’s run included consecutive wins over 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro and top-seeded Spanish star Rafael Nadal. The victories, and the shaggy-haired youngster’s style and skill on the court, announced his presence not only to Canadian fans but to the tennis world.

With the win, his world ranking will rise from 143rd to about 67th. The US$220,760 he earned by reaching the semifinals more than doubled his career prize money.

“My whole life has changed in the past five days,” he said. “It’s crazy how it is.

“I mean, I go from being not known to being so known in the tennis world, in Canada in general. It’s going to be a little bit of a change to me. I’m going to have to adapt. But that doesn’t change things. I still have to…

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