The 21-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov has been the busiest player on the Tour in the last couple of weeks, reaching the quarter-final in both singles and doubles at the US Open and Rome. Competing on different surfaces and continents within a week, Denis shows his skills alone on the court or alongside Rohan Bopanna, chasing the place in the top-10 in singles and cracking the top-50 in doubles.
At the US Open, Shapovalov advanced to his first Major quarter-final in both categories, suffering a tight loss to Pablo Carreno Busta after a four-hour marathon and missing a chance of competing in the semis. Traveling to Europe, it is so far so good for the Canadian in the Italian capital on his least favorite surface, defeating Guido Pella, Pedro Martinez and Ugo Humbert to advance into the last eight, playing against Grigor Dimitrov on Saturday.
Denis needed almost three hours to dismiss Ugo, battling from a set down to prevail 6-7, 6-1, 6-4 and move closer to the place in the top-10. Shapovalov never got broken, fending off all five break chances and shifting into a higher gear after losing a tight opening set to bring the victory home.
The Canadian barely lost a point on serve in the second set, producing two breaks to claim it 6-1 and never looking back, stealing the Frenchman's serve once in the decider to emerge at the top. Asked about the 'big 3,' Shapovalov said it is exciting to watch them fighting for Major titles and weeks at the top.
Denis Shapovalov praised Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic.
Praising Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, Shapovalov called them the greatest players of all time and felt honored to compete against them.
Denis is hoping to challenge them in the upcoming season like Daniil Medvedev and Dominic Thiem, eager to fight for Major trophies on the biggest tennis scene. Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are also through to the quarter-final in Rome, sharing 13 titles in the last 15 seasons at Foro Italico and standing as the favorites to battle for the trophy on Monday.
"As a fan of the sport, it is super interesting watching Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer battling for Major titles and weeks at the top. We are trying to stop them, but they are really good. Regardless of their achievements, they will be remembered as the greatest players of all time.
It is exciting to have them around, fighting for legacy and records. Also, players like Daniil Medvedev and Dominic Thiem are pushing them to the limits, which is great," Denis Shapovalov said.