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Nadal praises character of Canada's new teenage ace

5th August 2019, 15:36 by Simon Barlow

Rafael Nadal likes the character shown by Canadian teen Felix Auger-Aliassime and believes he will win "important things" in tennis.

The Spaniard is set to make his post-Wimbledon return on the hard courts at the Rogers Cup where he will defend the title he won by beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in the 2018 final.

Two years ago when the event was held in Montreal, Nadal was sent crashing out in the third round by unseeded Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov.

"A great match," he said as he recalled the defeat on Sunday.

"Honestly, I lost plenty of opportunities. He played great. He played with the right determination."

Now 20, Shapovalov is yet to fully realise the potential he displayed in front of a home crowd that included the 'Great One' Wayne Gretzky that night.

Auger-Aliassime (22nd) is now ranked nine places above Shapovalov (31st) on the ATP list and is set to turn 19 on Thursday, making him among the youngest in the world's top 30.

"I like his character," Nadal, an 18-time Grand Slam winner, said. "He's passionate about his sport.

"I would love to see him on top position winning important things because I really believes he deserves it and I really believe he will do it."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Simon Barlow has a wealth of journalism experience and in-depth knowledge in a number of sports. As well as his extensive football knowledge, Simon is also well versed on cricket, tennis, American Football and cycling amongst others.

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