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Denis Shapovalov and the incident with umpire: 'I learned the lesson'

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by Gatto Luigi

Tennis - The Canadian player says he needs to be more focused

Denis Shapovalov doesn't want to be given a bad image after the incident happened last February when he hit with a ball Arnaud Gabas in his eyes during the Davis Cup tie against Canada. The 18-year-old Canadian player admitted in a recent interview that due to a two-second error 'I could have made happening something serious, but I learned the lesson. I have to be more focused on court and control the pressure.'

Shapovalov beat Nick Kyrgios last year in Toronto and, now World No. 180, he has high goals: 'Every day I feel even more able to compete against best players. The transition from ITF to Challenger events is going well', said the Drummondville winner, who became the youngest Canadian player ever to win a Challenger title. 'Milos Raonic has been a great inspiration and it's a motivation to get to his level as soon as possible.'

His goal is to qualify for the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan. At the moment he is 12th in the Race to Milan and is 25 points away from the seventh ranked player. 'It would be fantastic to play a such new and attractive event. I will do everything as possible to play in Milano', Shapovalov said.

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