The wait continues for Zverev, who won gold at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games last year, for his maiden Grand Slam title.
The Canadian looked impressive throughout, doing some massive work at key moments.
After running into a one-set lead, a crucial early break point victory in the second set for Shapovalov forced Zverev to vent his anger on his racket until it was completely ruined.
It was actually Zverev who was serving to win the second set with a 5–3 lead, but he produced two double faults, which allowed Shapovalov to break back, before going on to win the second set in the tie-break later. be able to save
An early break in the third set allowed Shapovalov to control the third set, and at the asking first time, was able to claim a surprise victory when Zverev could only hit a forehand into the net.
It took 22-year-old Shapovalov two hours and 21 minutes to seal a shocking victory over Zverev in the sweltering heat of Australia.
“It’s always better to finish in three… Maybe that’s what I expected to finish in at least three,” he said.
Shapovalov will now face Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals when the Spaniard defeated Adrian Mannarino in straight sets.
In his quest for a record-breaking 21 Grand Slam titles, Nadal suffered a 28-minute first set tie break before sending Mannarino in the next two sets.
After his victory over Zverev, Shapovalov honored the 35-year-old.
“It’s always going to be fun, it’s always going to be a fight against him and yes, it’s going to be a tough one, definitely going to enjoy it.”