Denis Shapovalov kicked in the door to the ATP Rankings Top 20 club Thursday night after outgunning fellow #NextGenATP star Frances Tiafoe at the Miami Open presented by Itau. The Canadian guaranteed that he would move to a career-high mark inside the Top 20 on Monday after reaching his third ATP Masters 1000 semi-final with a free-swinging 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-2 win over the American.
For a place in the final, the left-hander faces three-time champion Roger Federer for the first time after the Swiss outclassed sixth seed Kevin Anderson in straight sets. This was Shapovalov’s third Masters 1000 quarter-final, and the teenager has now been victorious on all three occasions (also 2017 Canada and 2018 Madrid).
“It’s definitely a matchup I have been looking forward to, I think, my whole life,” Shapovalov said with a smile. “It’s going to be a dream come true to play him in such a big event over here, and the stakes are so high, semi-final match of a Masters 1000 against your idol. It’s just a dream come true.”