Denis Shapovalov: I told Andy Murray he is my hero

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Denis Shapovalov: I told Andy Murray he is my hero

Canadian tennis star Denis Shapovalov was full of respect for Andy Murray after beating the Briton at Wimbledon. Shapovalov, the top-ranked Canadian tennis player, beat Murray in straight sets 6-4 6-2 6-2 to reach the Wimbledon last-16.

Shapovalov made a fast start to the match, having taken an early 5-1 lead. Murray got one break back but Shapovalov s served out for the opener in the 10th game. After winning the first set, Shapovalov broke Murray twice to easily win the second set and take a two-set lead.

Shapovalov also broke Murray twice in the third set to book a straight-set win. “Honestly, I told him at the net that he’s my hero,” Shapovalov praised in an on-court interview. “Achievements aside, what he’s been able to do in the sport to come back with an injury like this, to be playing the tennis that he’s playing, moving the way he’s moving… I said after his second match it was truly like ‘vintage Andy’ and so much fun to see as a fan.

“The first set we played today was super, super intense, I had to really, really give it my all. After that, I was able to maintain the level as he dropped a little bit. But still, it’s incredible what he’s done to reach the third round like this.

Obviously he’s just starting back up, so it’s going to be amazing to see what he can do."

Shapovalov couldn't wait to play Murray

Before the match, Shapovalov said he was dreaming of playing Murray in the spotlight.

“I think it’s a great moment for me,” Shapovalov assured, per Tennis Majors. “It’s going to be my first time on Centre Court at Wimbledon, so it’s definitely super exciting for me and my team and my career — definitely a match I grew up wanting to play against Andy in the spotlight like this”.