7 Things to Know About Tennis Pro Denis Shapovalov, the 18-Year-Old Who Beat Rafael Nadal

Canadian Shapovalov is the second youngest player to beat Rafael Nadal—who was three wins away from ranking first in the world. Um, who is this guy?

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Denis Shapovalov raises a fist in triumph on the court.

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YOU GUYS—prepare to be wooed. An incredible athlete and a total cutie pie, Richmond Hill, Ont. native Denis Shapovalov had a massive win last night, beating Rafael Nadal, currently the second best tennis player in the entire world.

The Rogers Cup match was insanely competitive, with Nadal winning the first set (6-3) and Shapovalov taking the second (6-4). Shapovalov used his momentum from the second win to snag the final victory (7-6), positively thrilling the crowd at Montreal’s Uniprix Stadium.

Hot off the heels of his most pivotal win, Shapovalov will play Adrian Mannarino in the quarter-finals at today at 6:30 p.m. ET. Going number 143 to pro real quick, amiright? Here are some fast facts about the up-and-comer you can use to a) disguise yourself as a tennis fan and/or b) have on hand if you ever run into him, like, on the street, or something.

Shapovalov was born on April 15th, 1999 in Tel Aviv, Israel

Right before his first birthday, his parents moved him and older brother Evgeniy to Canada. He also has a residence in the Bahamas (so chic).

His mom was a professional tennis player, too

Tessa Shapovalova was a national team player in the former Soviet Union. She began training Denis when he was only five, and in 2012, she opened a tennis academy (aptly named TessaTennis) in Vaughan, Ontario. Tessa is still part of Denis’s coaching team.

Shapovalov was the youngest player at last year’s Rogers Cup 

After winning the 2016 Junior Wimbledon title, he earned the wild card spot in the Toronto tournament. He was only the third Canadian to win a junior grand slam singles title, joining the ranks of Eugenie Bouchard and Filip Peliwo.

He used to have a kiddie mullet

Arguably the most important fact, Shapovalov was still adorbs, even with this awful haircut.

He is the youngest player in the top 200

And according to the Montreal Gazetteshould he win his match this evening, he could be ranked as high as 66th in the world. (Quick reminder, just in case you forgot: he is only 18.)

He and FLARE fave Penny Oleksiak are pals

Another incredible teen athlete representing Canada on the world stage, in case you forgot. Do we ship ’em? (Hint: ABSOLUTELY.)

Great to have @typicalpen at my match tonight at the @couperogers #ImTaller

A post shared by Denis Shapovalov (@denis.shapovalov) on

But when he’s not achieving tennis stardom, Shapovalov is pretty much just like any other 18-year old

For example, it appears that he and his friends jumped into a freezing cold lake just for the ‘gram.

Enjoying our time here in Lecco #FreezingWater #DidItForThePic #WorthIt

A post shared by Denis Shapovalov (@denis.shapovalov) on

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