First, one other emphatic victory for Denis Shapovalov on the Rogers Cup.

Then, an apology from the 19-year-old tennis star.


Bouts of rain performed havoc with the schedule on Wednesday, and Shapovalov, initially slated to play Fabio Fognini on centre court docket, was pushed to the grand stand court docket, which has a smaller capability.

In a match of pique, Shapovalov sarcastically tweeted “Received moved to grand stand,” adopted by an emoji of clapping palms and #welldone and #homeevent. The tweet wasn’t up lengthy, as Shapovalov deleted it quickly after.

The situation of Shapovalov’s match didn’t matter, as he beat Fognini 6-3, 7-5 to advance to the third spherical.

“Initially, I simply wish to apologize to the followers and associates that weren’t in a position to see me (play),” mentioned Shapovalov, who had mentioned on Tuesday that he needed to placed on a present within the match for his followers.

“I simply know what number of associates needed to come back out and what number of followers had been trying ahead to seeing me on centre court docket this week. And, sadly, with the rain delay, it bought moved to grand stand. So it was just a little bit disappointing in that sense.

“However the crowd on grand stand, I feel it helped me rather a lot as a result of it was so ecstatic, so energetic as a result of it’s so compact, that it really bothered Fognini fairly a bit, particularly towards the tip. It labored in my favour.”

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There was frustration for Fognini, who had some phrases for Shapovalov throughout one changeover. Later, Shapovalov informed reporters he didn’t know what was mentioned.

Shapovalov, ranked No. 26 on the earth, needed to dig in in opposition to the No. 14 Fognini after happening 0-Four within the second set.

“I used to be simply getting ready for the (potential) third set making an attempt to get a rhythm,” Shapovalov mentioned. “After which as soon as I bought that one break, I informed myself, ‘Okay, let’s preserve combating and perhaps you’ll have an opportunity to interrupt him once more.’

“I simply picked my stage up. I form of loosened up. After I was down 4-0, I used to be simply lacking the balls by just a little bit. It was really fairly shut. I knew I used to be in a position to come again.

“It was extraordinarily satisfying to win that set, not having to enter a 3rd set.”

Shapovalov will tackle Robin Haase of the Netherlands, ranked No. 39 on the earth, on Thursday, however not earlier than 6:30 p.m. In the one profession assembly between the 2, Shapovalov beat Haase on the clay in Rome in Might on the Italian Open.

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Shapovalov acknowledged the tweet he had despatched through the day, saying “it got here out the improper method, which is why I deleted it. It was nothing in opposition to anybody. It was simply disappointment from my half that these followers which have waited the entire yr to observe me weren’t in a position to see me this yr. Fortunately, they’ll have an opportunity (on Thursday).”

Shapovalov has made important strides since taking Montreal by storm a yr in the past, advancing to the semifinals the place he misplaced to Alexander Zverev.

Shapovalov is feeling similarities to what he skilled final summer time when he made the cost in Montreal.

“Positively,” Shapovalov mentioned. “My recreation is at a really excessive stage proper now. I feel having my mother (Tessa) on the aspect has helped within the final couple of weeks.

“I’ve actually picked up my recreation. I’m actually proud of the place I’m proper now.”

Within the larger image, Shapovalov is glad a number of younger gamers are carrying the torch for the era.

“It’s unbelievable the place the tennis stage is at now,” Shapovalov mentioned. “Each week you’ll have loopy matches, and it’s a very thrilling time of tennis.

“I really feel just like the younger era, all of us form of push one another as a result of we’re all so motivated. We’re younger. We wish to play each week and do higher than one another.”

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Rafael Nadal breezed previous Benoit Paire on the Rogers Cup on Wednesday. THE CANADIAN PRESS


Rafael Nadal gave himself a passing grade in his first match since dropping within the semifinals at Wimbledon.

The highest-ranked males’s tennis participant on the planet, following a first-round bye on the Rogers Cup, beat Benoit Paire of France 6-2, 6-Three on Wednesday night time to advance to the third spherical.

“I used to be not at my 100%,” Nadal mentioned.

“After some time, you want matches. It’s true that I did good work right here the final 5 days (in preparation), however on the similar time, it’s true that I didn’t work very laborious at house (earlier than heading to Toronto). I simply did the fundamentals to come back again to the competitors.

“Within the second set I had some troubles, however my return labored effectively. And it was not in regards to the serve. It was extra in regards to the errors from the baseline, for my part.

“The primary match is vital. It’s an vital victory for me, for my confidence.”

Nadal is in quest of his fourth Rogers Cup title. His most up-to-date victory within the match championship got here in 2013, additionally the earlier time he reached the ultimate.

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