Denis Shapovalov recalls when he took Rafael Nadal's poster down

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Denis Shapovalov recalls when he took Rafael Nadal's poster down

In an interview as quoted by ATP Denis Shapovalov recalled his three-set Rogers Cup win in Montreal over Rafael Nadal. The Canadian prevailed in the third set tie-break in front of his crowd. Shapovalov said: "When I played the Rogers Cup and I made that breakthrough I was staying at Felix (Auger-Aliassime)'s house all the time.

He is a brother to me and he really lives close to the Center, so we thought it's great to spend a week together. I come back from Rafa's match at 1:00 or 2:00 AM. I see his mother and sister and we are in the kitchen celebrating but we are trying to be so quiet because Felix is sleeping because he is practicing at 6:00 or 7:00 AM the next morning.

Then he came out and all that quietness was for nothing, we started celebrating. The funny thing is that he had Rafa's poster in his house and I kind of took it down as a joke. After that I feel like he legitimately took it down, he is like, Brother, the post has gone down.

It was a great moment." Auger-Aliassime spoke about how he motivates himself every day: "When you train you have to think about where you want to get at the end of the day, what's the final goal. Starting with a positive feeling, which makes you win matches and titles.

And that feeling, you need to have it every day." Shapovalov lost to the Belgian David Goffin in a straight-set second round match, 7-6 7-6. He will play in Shanghai next week.