Nadal in shock defeat at Rogers Cup as Federer goes through

Rafael Nadal and Denis Shapovalov

Rafael Nadal fell to a shock defeat by 18-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov at the Rogers Cup in Montreal.

Wildcard Shapovalov came from a set down to beat top seed Nadal 3-6 6-4 7-6 (6-4) and become the youngest player to reach a Masters 1000 quarter-final.

Nadal’s loss means Andy Murray remains world number one, but only until next week’s Cincinnati Masters, where Nadal or Roger Federer will replace him.

Federer also progressed to the last eight, with victory over David Ferrer.

The Swiss world number three, 36, came from a set behind to beat the Spaniard 4-6 6-4 6-2 and next faces Roberto Bautista Agut, also of Spain, who defeated Frenchman Gael Monfils 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (6-2).

World number 143 Shapovalov, the 2016 Wimbledon junior champion, plays 29-year-old Frenchman Adrian Mannarino.

In the other quarter-finals, Germany’s Alexander Zverev, who beat Australian Nick Kyrgios 6-4 6-3, will play South African Kevin Anderson, who saw off American Sam Querrey 6-4 6-1 in the last 16.

And Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman will face Robin Haase of the Netherlands. Haase beat Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov 7-6 (6-3) 4-6 6-1, while Schwartzman defeated American Jared Donaldson 0-6 7-5 7-5.

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Enhance your Pilates practice by playing with nourishing movement in this tutorial by Jenna Zaffino. She shares the routine she does to wake up her body so she can discover how it is feeling in that moment. This is an enjoyable sequence that can be practiced regularly, at any time of day.

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2017 Speedo Junior Nationals: Day 3 Finals Photo Gallery

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Day three finals of the 2017 Speedo Junior National Championships saw two meet records fall. Alex Zettle and Dakota Luther edged past the previous meet records in finals of the men’s 400 free and women’s 100 fly respectively.

Swimming World’s Peter H. Bick was on deck all night capturing the action and excitement in East Meadow, NY.

Visit the 2017 Speedo Junior Nationals event page to catch up on event recaps, video interviews, and more!

Splash through day three finals photo gallery:

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Amalie Fackenthal Adds Verbal Commitment to Stanford Class of 2022

Photo Courtesy: Amalie Fackenthal (Twitter)

NEW COMMIT: Stanford University is putting together another wildly impressive recruiting class. The defending NCAA Champions have added a verbal commitment from sprinter Amalie Fackenthal. The Cardinal Class of 2022 now has verbal commitments from Allie RaabAnya GoedersTaylor Ruck, and Zoe Bartel.

Fackenthal, a rising senior at Sacramento Day School, is a two time defending California high school state champion. She won both the 50 and 100 freestyle events this year. She’s a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American who trains with the Davis Aquadarts Racing Team.

Fackenthal could be a key sprint piece for Stanford, with range from freestyle to butterfly. Her top times are:

  • 50 Free 22.38
  • 100 Free 48.62
  • 200 Free 1:49.10
  • 50 Fly 24.24
  • 100 Fly 52.78

In her announcement made on Twitter she wrote,

“I’m incredibly blessed and excited to announce my commitment to swim and study at Stanford University!! Class of 2022”

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Taylor Ruck Verbally Commits to Stanford

2016 Canadian Olympian Taylor Ruck announced on Thursday night that she was verbally committing to Stanford for the fall of 2018. Ruck is joining a super team at Stanford that won the 2017 NCAA title for the first time since 1998. Stanford also is picking up a huge freshman class for the fall with current or former junior team members Brooke Forde, Katie Glavinovich, Hannah Kukurugya, Ashley Volpenhein and Lauren Pitzer joining the farm in the fall of 2017.

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Swimming World Splashback One Year Ago Today: Red, White, Blue…And Green?

Photo Courtesy: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Splashback: One year ago today, Team USA continued their dominance in Rio. Not only did the U.S. women dominate the 800 Freestyle Relay, Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte went 1-2 in the 200 IM semis and diving duo Sam Dorman and Michael Hixon earned a silver medal for their synchro performance. 

But all this came among one unusual detail at the aquatic venue – green pool water. If you had forgotten about this mishap, check out the rest of this Splashback which also includes some historic firsts for many countries.

Swimming World is recounting all the highlights from the 2016 Rio Olympic Games through a series of Splashbacks. Memories from previous days can also be found here.

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US PGA Championship: McIlroy & Spieth trail leaders Olesen & Kisner by five

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US PGA leaderboard, round one
-4 Olesen (Den) Kisner (US); -3 Murray (US), Koepka (US), Woodland (US), Stroud (US), Points (US)
Selected others: -2 Reed (US), Casey (Eng), Fowler (US); -1 Matsuyama, Fleetwood (Eng), Smith (Eng), Day (Aus), D Johnson (US) Rahm (Spa); Level Scott (Aus), Kuchar (US); +1 Wood (Eng), Spieth (US) McIlroy (NI); +2 Willett (Eng), Westwood (Eng), McDowell (NI); +3 Poulter (Eng); +4 Garcia (Spa), +5: Rose (Eng), Donald (Eng); +8 Mickelson (US)

Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth are both five shots off leaders Kevin Kisner and Thorbjorn Olesen after the first round of the US PGA Championship.

Spieth, 24, made two birdies in his last three holes to card a one-over-par 72 as he bids to become the youngest player to win the career Grand Slam.

McIlroy hit the same score despite reaching two under after 12 holes.

Grayson Murray, Brooks Koepka, Gary Woodland, DA Points and Chris Stroud are all one shot off the lead.

World number 78 Olesen was among the early starters at Quail Hollow and hit six birdies, including one on the 18th hole which took him to four under and into the outright lead.

The Dane held that advantage until late in the day’s play when American Kisner also birded the 18th to complete a round of 67.

England’s Paul Casey is the best placed British player, tied for seventh on two under par.

McIlroy threatens and then falters

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Despite being without a tournament win this season, Northern Ireland’s McIlroy was installed as the pre-tournament favourite at Quail Hollow, where he has won twice on the PGA Tour and holds the course record.

After two opening pars the 28-year-old brought his round to life by chipping in from the edge of the green for birdie on the par-four third.

McIlroy followed that with two bogeys in three holes, but birdies on seven, eight and 10 took him within two shots of the lead.

However, the round stalled when, after a bogey on the par-three 13th, McIlroy hit his tee shot into the water hazard on 14 and made a double bogey.

“If someone told me I would shoot one over par this morning I probably wouldn’t have taken it, but the course played tricky,” McIlroy said after recovering to finish with four straight pars.

“It would have been nice to shoot under par but I played a three-hole stretch on the back nine three over par. That was the only thing that derailed my round.”

McIlroy was playing with best friend Harry Diamond as his caddie after he split with long-term caddie JP Fitzgerald last month.

Analysis

BBC golf expert Ken Brown

A one-over-par 72 was not bad overall for Rory McIlroy. The afternoon players had it slightly tougher, with the wind getting up.

The greens were super fast. Judging the line and pace was tricky.

Late birdies give Spieth steady start

Jordan Spieth

The US PGA is the only one of golf’s four majors Spieth is yet to win after victory at The Open last month.

Victory for the American – who was Masters and US Open champion in 2015 – would see him surpass compatriot Tiger Woods as the youngest player to claim all four majors.

He turned 24 four days after his triumph at Royal Birkdale, while Woods was 24 years, seven months and 25 days when he completed the career grand slam by winning The Open in 2000.

Spieth started his round on the back nine with five straight pars before a birdie on the 15th.

He then made bogey on the par four 16th, the first of the fearsome three holes named ‘the Green Mile’ on the North Carolina course.

Another three bogeys followed on the front nine before a birdie-birdie-par finish to close on the leaders.

“Given it’s the first round I know I’m still in it, but I know that tomorrow’s round becomes that much more important to work my way and stay in it. I’ve got to make up ground,” Spieth said.

‘Green Mile’ eats up Garcia – plus the rest

Sergio Garcia

The final three holes at Quail Hollow measure 1,223 yards in total and have developed a reputation as one of the toughest closing stretches in golf.

Masters champion Sergio Garcia was the first to struggle there on the opening day, dropping five shots on the ‘Green Mile’ – although the Spaniard steadied on the front nine to finish on four over par.

Garcia was playing alongside Spieth and US Open champion Koepka, the trio making up 2017’s major winners so far.

American Koepka fared best with five birdies in his round of 68 leaving him one shot off the lead in a tie for second.

Englishmen Tommy Fleetwood and Jordan Smith both finished at one under as the best placed Britons behind Casey.

Justin Rose, also of England, had played a steady round until five dropped shots in the final six holes meant he slipped back to five over par, while compatriot Lee Westwood carded a 73.

American five-time major winner Phil Mickelson had a torrid day, shooting an eight-over 79 with eight bogeys and no birdies.

England’s Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston withdrew from the tournament with a shoulder injury after carding a seven-over-par 78.

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(Video Interview) Alex Zettle’s Hard Work Pays Off With 400 Free Win at Jr Nats

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Lakeside’s Alex Zettle dropped three seconds from his best time and pulled away from his competition to win the men’s 400 free at Speedo Junior Nationals, claiming his first-ever title at that meet.

After the race, Zettle explained in an interview with Swimming World how much it meant for him to achieve a win on that level and what it meant to crack a meet record set by Olympic gold medalist Townley Haas—his future teammate with the Texas Longhorns.

Watch more video interviews from Junior Nationals by clicking here.

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(Video Interview) Shaine Cosas Shocked to Tie for 100 Fly Win at Juniors

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Shaine Cosas shocked himself when he tied with Alexei Sancov for the win in the men’s 100 fly at Speedo Junior Nationals, with both 17-year-olds touching in 53.24.

Cosas, who has not committed to any university for the fall of 2017, discussed in a post-race interview how, due to his poor eyesight, someone had to tell him that he had tied for the win. He explained his reaction and discussed why everything has clicked for him since joining Nitro only two months ago.

Watch more video interviews from Junior Nationals by clicking here.

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