Denis Shapovalov d. Rafa Nadal
An 18-year-old, in front of his home crowd, took down one of the biggest names in tennis, Rafa Nadal.
After posing with Rafa as a kid for a coin toss in 2008, Denis Shapovalov pulled off the greatest win of his short career 9 years later as he stunned the top seed Rafa with some sizzling shotmaking. Ranked 143 at that time, Shapovalov took the game to Rafa, to beat the man he “grew up watching’. This shock victory by Shapovalov stunned the world and hence makes it to our top 10 tennis matches list.
“Obviously it was a little bit hard with ATP and you guys [the media] coming up with those memories of when I was a little kid shaking Nadal’s hand. That was pretty funny.” said Denis.