Canadians making history at Wimbledon quarterfinals

Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime mark the first time two Canadian men have both reached this stage at the same Wimbledon
wimbledon quarterfinals Felix Auger-Aliassime is one of tennis' best young players and a rising star for Canada. (ID 155693365 © Meunierd | Dreamstime.com)


Today, the men's singles quarterfinals will be held at probably the world's most prestigious tennis tournament.

Wimbledon.

And for the first time ever, two of the last eight players are Canadian: Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime. It's a sign of just how far tennis in Canada has come in a really short period of time. When Milos Raonic and Eugenie Bouchard became Top 5 ranked men's and women's players between 2014 and 2016, it had never happened before. Their achievements were unique in the country's history.

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Denis Shapovalov celebrates his first time through to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon after his Monday win. (Getty Embed)

But now—with Shapovalov, Auger-Aliassime, Vasek Pospisil, Bianca Andreescu, Leylah Fernandez, Francoise Abanda—Canada is a legitimate force in the sport. In fact, Canada is tied with Russia and Spain for the most players (three) ranked inside the Men's Top 25. Whoa!

Which brings us to today's Wimbledon quarterfinals.

Big opportunities

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Shapo's style is all about great movement across the court and big shots. (Getty Embed)

Shapovalov will face heavy hitting Russian Karen Khachanov. Khachanov is very tall—6 foot 6 inches—and has the kind of power that can be scary on Wimbledon's grass courts, where the ball already travels very quickly. Whack!

But Shapo is feeling good about his game right now. In his previous two rounds, he easily defeated world number eight player Roberto Bautista Agut and two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray. Shapovalov also beat Khachanov the only time they've played before.

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Woohoo! Felix's is pumped about his latest big time win. (Getty Embed)

As for Auger-Aliassime, his task is tougher. He'll be up against Italian player Matteo Berrettini. Berrettini  just won the last tournament he played—the Queen's Club which is also played on grass like Wimbledon. But Auger-Aliassime won't be afraid of a challenge. In his last match, he beat one of the best players in the world, Germany's Alexander Zverev. Bring on the match!

Dates with legends?

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Djokovic (left) after he beat Federer to win the 2019 Wimbledon. Will the Canadians get to play these legends next? (Getty Embed)

Should one or both of these Canadians get through their challenges, something very exciting may be waiting for them. The chance to each play one of the greatest players of all time in a semi final! That's because both Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are playing in the two other Wimbledon quarterfinals. How good are they? Between the two of them, they've won the tournament 13 times! In other words, really good!

So ... if Denis, Novak, Felix, and Roger all win, the semis would be Djokovic versus Shapovalov and Federer versus Auger Aliassime. Are we getting ahead of ourselves? Yes, yes we are. But who can resist such a record-setting scene?

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Friends and competitors, these two are representing Canada in style. (Getty Embed)

Good luck to both Denis and Felix!


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