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Federer, Shapovalov help men's Rogers Cup set attendance record

MONTREAL - The men's Rogers Cup set a record for attendance at a one-week tournament of 216,097 spectators.

Tournament director Eugene Lapierre said Sunday it topped the 213,760 who attended in 2011.

Denis Shapovalov of Canada celebrates after defeating Adrian Mannarino of France during quarter-final play at the Rogers Cup tennis tournament Friday August 11, 2017 in Montreal. The men's Rogers Cup set a record for attendance at a one-week tournament of 216,097 spectators. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Denis Shapovalov of Canada celebrates after defeating Adrian Mannarino of France during quarter-final play at the Rogers Cup tennis tournament Friday August 11, 2017 in Montreal. The men's Rogers Cup set a record for attendance at a one-week tournament of 216,097 spectators. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

The presence of Wimbledon champion Roger Federer and a run to the semifinals by Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov certainly helped pack fans into Uniprix Stadium.

"There was a tennis craze in our city in the last few weeks and it shows in our attendance numbers," Lapierre said in a release. "There were compelling storylines throughout the tournament and the Montreal crowd once again demonstrated their love of tennis.

"It has been a while since we experienced such excitement for our sport."

The 18-year-old Shapovalov beat World No. 2 Rafael Nadal in the third round earlier in the week and lost to fourth seed and World No. 8 Alexander Zverev in the semifinals on Saturday night.

Federer played Zverev in the final on Sunday.

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