In press conference at the Australian Open Denis Shapovalov analyzed his four-set loss to Novak Djokovic on Saturday. The Canadian admitted the Serb was like a wall playing a game of consistent tennis.
"He's really solid", said the Canadian. "But I had my chances definitely. Especially after the third set, I felt a little bit physically dead. He started the fourth really well. After that, it was a little bit tough.
The balls rolled. He was really taking advantage. He played a really good fourth set. After that, it was a little bit too late. But the first two, it was a little bit difficult for me in terms of it's not every day I'm playing a match against a top guy like this on a stage like that.
Definitely, I was a little bit nervous, a little bit tight on everything, just hesitating a little bit. I felt a little bit tight on everything. In the third set, that's when I kind of loosened up and started playing my tennis.
I just started really just enjoying myself. I told myself, Look, you're already down two sets, so just have fun out there. That's where I felt like I really started to play my game and really showed what I can do out there.
I felt like I was definitely really dominant in the third set. It was good tennis. It was fun. Like I said, in the fourth, he played a good set. It was a little bit too late for me to catch up." ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title