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Where was 18-year-old Denis Shapovalov nine years ago? Well, he was in Canada, shaking hands with Rafael Nadal at the Rogers Cup. The above handshake is quite a bit different than what we saw last night when Shapovalov became the youngest player to ever reach a Masters 1000 quarterfinal by edging Nadal in straight sets.

He's a lot bigger, but the mop top hasn't changed much.

Shapovalov himself remembers the episode fondly:


That’s why we should always pay attention to those ceremonial pre-match handshakes. They may not seem like much but the stars of tomorrow are often getting exposed to the sport in a formative way.


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