Rafael Nadal, injured, was eliminated in the round of 16 of the Masters 1000 in Rome by the Canadian Denis Shapovalov (16th in the world), 1-6, 7-5, 6-2, Thursday ten days before the start of Roland-Garros.
After clearly dominating the first round, the Spaniard (4th) gradually dropped in level until he clearly had great difficulty moving around. He suffers from a chronic foot injury which forced him to end his season last year in August. He only returned to competition in January to win the Australian Open and bring the record for Grand Slam titles to 21.
Suddenly, it is Shapovalov who will face Casper Ruud (10th) on Friday to try to clinch a place in the last four. The young Norwegian dominated the American Jenson Brooksby (6-3, 6-4) in the next round.