- Chris Sobey
The Roger Cup Masters Series tennis in Montreal this week has produced a host of shocks and upsets and there are only three seeds left in action at the quarter final stage. The biggest shock came in the early hours of this morning when Canadian Wild Card Shapovalov aged only 18 stunned top-seed Nadal beating him 3-6 6-4 7-6 in front of a frenzied and highly excited home crowd. The win was Shapovalov’s first over a top-10 player and it’s the first time he has reached the quarter final of an ATP event, never mind a Masters 1000 Series.
The defeat also means that Nadal will have to wait another week before he can attempt to oust Murray from the top of the ATP Rankings, this time at the Cincinnati Masters Series next week, which Murray announced this week he will not play at due to his hip injury. There have been plenty of other seeds losing this week including third seed Thiem who lost against Schwartzman, fifth seed Nishikori who lost against Monfils, sixth seed Raonic disappointed home fans losing tamely against Mannarino in straight sets, eighth seed Tsonga lost against Los Cabos winner Querrey, ninth seed Goffin lost against NextGen star Chung, 11th seed Carreno-Busta lost against Washington finalist Anderson and 15th seed Sock lost against veteran Ferrer.
Last night and this morning second seed Federer came from a set down to defeat Ferrer, fourth seed and Washington winner Zverev continued his impressive form defeating 16th seed Kyrgios, seventh seed Dimitrov knocked out Haase and 12th seed Buatista Agut set up a clash with second seed Federer after coming from a set down to defeat Monfils. Washington finalist Anderson continued his impressive return to form knocking out Querrey and Mannarino and Schwartzman both continued their good form this week knocking out Chung and Donaldson respectively. At this stage it looks like where heading for a Zverev and Federer final and if Federer does reach the final and win he will come very close to retaining and becoming the oldest ever player to become World Number One in the open era.