Denis Shapovalov says he doesn’t remember holding that print with Rafael Nadal

By now, we might have seen a print present of a pint-sized Denis Shapovalov, Canada’s newest tennis darling, posing with Rafael Nadal, whom he kick Thursday night during Rogers Cup movement in Montreal.

In box we haven’t though, here it is in all a glory. It appears to have been taken during a Rogers Cup 9 years ago, when Shapovalov, in a red ball cap, was 9 years old.

After Shapovalov, now 18, kick Adrian Mannarino of France in quarter-final movement Friday night, he was asked about a photo.

He claims he didn’t remember holding it until it began present on amicable media in a hours after his large win, yet he remembers a day vividly.

As a young up-and-coming Canadian tennis player, he was ostensible to play for 5 mins before Nadal took a court, yet a compare before took so prolonged there wasn’t time.

“I was small bit bummed out since we suspicion Rafa was going to watch me play, we know, before his match,” he said, shouting and eliciting chuckles from a reporters in a room.

He got his print though, so it wasn’t all bad.

Denis Shapovalov on that design with Rafael Nadal1:00

He pronounced he stranded around to watch a match and remembers how Igor Andreev, Nadal’s opponent, rolled his ankle yet still attempted to conflict it out, not distinct how Shapovalov himself has been powering by adversity this week. (Nadal won en track to being crowned contest champ that year, if we were wondering).

Shapovalov, the youngest ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semi-finalist ever, will face Alexander Zverev of Germany in a semis tonight, someday after 8 p.m. ET.

Meet Denis Shapovalov, a Canadian teen and rising tennis star who defeated Rafael Nadal2:47

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