Israeli-Canadian teen beats Rafael Nadal at Montreal tennis tournament

Aug 11, 2017

Denis Shapovalov of Canada celebrating his victory over Rafael Nadal of Spain during day seven of the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank at Uniprix Stadium in Montreal, Aug. 10, 2017. (Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

(JTA) — Israeli-born teenager Denis Shapovalov upset top-seeded Rafael Nadal to advance to the quarterfinals of Montreal’s Rogers Cup tennis tournament.

Shapovalov, 18, is a Canadian who was born in Tel Aviv to parents who had immigrated from the former Soviet Union. He beat Nadal, the world’s number two-ranked player, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4) on Thursday night.

Shapovalov is the second youngest player ever to defeat Rafael Nadal since the Spanish champion turned pro in 2001. Earlier in the tournament he upset the 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro.

On Friday night he’ll face France’s Adrian Mannarino.

On Friday afternoon, Argentine Diego Schwartzman, the world’s top-ranked Jewish player (36), will advance to a quarterfinal meeting against Holland’s Robin Haase, ranked 52.