It’s not the way he would have wanted it, but Denis Shapovalov is through to his maiden ATP Masters 1000 final following Rafael Nadal’s withdrawal from their semi-final showdown at the Rolex Paris Masters in the Parisian neighbourhood of Bercy.

The highly anticipated clash between the two left-handers was called off when news broke that Nadal had injured himself in his warm-up and would be unable to compete against Shapovalov, who yesterday produced a magnificent display to dismiss Gael Monfils in the quarter-finals.

The Canadian will face Novak Djokovic in the final, where he’ll look to overturn an 0-3 record against the top-ranked Serb. Their most recent clash was won by Djokovic – a 6-3, 6-3 decision at the Rolex Shanghai Masters in the round of 32.

(Feature photo: Rolex Paris Masters)