But such is life for the teenager tennis phenom, who not only shook off the rust from an ugly first set, but achieved another milestone in the process.
After dropping a lackluster first set 6-1, Shapovalov stormed back in the second, and then won in a tie-break in the third to take down Tomáš Berdych, 1-6, 6-3, 7-6(5). With the victory, Shapovalov earned the requisite points to pass Milos Raonic in the ATP, becoming the highest-ranked Canadian male player.
Berdych needed only 30 minutes to dispatch the Canadian teen in the opening set in Rome, leading 5-0 off a pair of breaks before Shapovalov finally produced his first hold to get the deficit to 5-1. Shapovalov began to get his feet under him at that point -- a pair of aces in that game -- and earned his first break point of the match before Berdych battled back to finally put away Shapovalov and take the set.