Denis Shapovalov of Canada hits a shot against Alexander Zverev of Germany (not pictured) during the Rogers Cup tennis tournament at Uniprix Stadium. (Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports)

MONTREAL — 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.

On Saturday night, 20-year-old Alexander Zverev proved a little sharper and downed Shapovalov 6-4, 7-5.

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 of my idols.”

Indeed, Shapovalov’s run included consecutive wins over 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro and top-seeded Spanish star Rafael Nadal. The victories, and the shaggy-haired youngster’s style and skill on the court, announced his presence not only to Canadian …read more

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