Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ontario made tennis history on Friday. At age 18, he became the youngest men’s player since Michael Chang of the United States in 1989 to reach the fourth round of the U.S. Open when he beat Kyle Edmund of Great Britain 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 1-0. Edmund had to retire with a back injury.
Shapovalov will now face Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain on Sunday (TSN/TSN2, TBA). Carreno Busta is the 12th seed, but is a clay court specialist. He has had great success on dirt, and only marginal success on the hard court this season. This will be the first time ever Carreno Busta has played Shapovalov, but not the first time he has played a Canadian at a grand slam this season. In the first round of the Australian Open, Carreno Busta beat Peter Polansky of North York, Ontario 6-0, 3-6, 3-6, 6-2, 3-0 and in the fourth round of the French Open, Carreno Busta beat Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ontario 4-6, 7-6, 6-7, 7-6, 8-6.
Here are the other events I will be watching this weekend with Canadian content:
Sunday—CFL—Winnipeg Blue Bombers @ Saskatchewan Roughriders—TSN–1pm PT—Look out for the Saskatchewan Roughriders! After going 2-4 in their first six games, they have got back to the .500 mark at 4-4 with explosive offense. The Roughriders have now scored 95 points in their last two games after dominating victories over the British Columbia Lions and the Edmonton Eskimos. The Blue Bombers (7-2) will be looking for their second win this season over the Roughriders. On Canada Day, the Blue Bombers beat the Roughriders 43-40 in the very first game ever at the new Mosaic Stadium. Where Winnipeg has the edge over Saskatchewan is in the kicking game as Justin Medlock is clearly better than Tyler Crapigna.
Monday—CFL—Edmonton Eskimos @ Calgary Stampeders—TSN—12pm PT—Injuries are finally becoming a major issue for the Eskimos. After winning their first seven games, the Eskimos were completely flat against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Saskatchewan Roughriders in their last two games. The Stampeders are 7-1-1 and have a five game winning streak. It is Calgary’s defense that is the stingiest this season. They have given up a CFL least 169 points.