Denis Shapovalov’s dream week ended, but a rivalry may have been born with rising star Alexander Zverev.
The stirring comebacks that 18-year-old Shapovalov used to become the youngest player to reach the semifinals of a Masters 1000 Series tournament died out when 20-year-old Zverev proved a little sharper and downed the Richmond Hill, Ont., lefthander 6-4, 7-5 on Saturday night.
Fourth-seeded Zverev, coming off a win last week in Washington, D.C., and seeking a fifth tournament win this year, will face Swiss legend Roger Federer in the final on Sunday. Federer dispatched unseeded Dutchman Robin Haase 6-3, 7-6 (5).
“Like the media was putting it, it was a dream week for me,” said Shapovalov. “Obviously I didn’t expect it.
“I saved four match points the first round [against Rogerio Dutra Silva]. I just played loose after that, just went with it. I mean, I beat one…