Denis Shapovalov: 'I want to beat guys like Novak Djokovic'

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Denis Shapovalov: 'I want to beat guys like Novak Djokovic'

Denis Shapovalov was praised on the court by Novak Djokovic after the Paris Masters final. The Serb said the Canadian will have a great career. Shapovalov commented: "Of course, it's great to hear that, but I still have a long way to go.

I mean, of course, it's an unbelievable week for me, but it doesn't stop here. It's back to the court, back to practising. And I want to be beating guys like Novak so I have to improve, get better, find a way to return better against his serve.

And hopefully, I can do even better next year." On the tough moments he went through this year, Shapovalov added: "It's a sport. There's going to be ups and downs. And it's not going to be finals of a Masters every week.

So it's normal to have some dips and rises. You know, I'm still learning about my game, too, improving every day. And I think the most important thing was, yeah, when I was struggling a little bit, I didn't get discouraged.

I just kept working hard. I knew things would come. And I truly believe in myself and my team. So it's huge credits to them, not only me, for these last couple of weeks." On how he was feeling before the match, Shapovalov commented: "I was excited, really excited, to play the match.

Yeah, a little bit of a bad start. But, no, I don't think it was any nerves. I mean, I just think it was just a bit of a slow start, couple misses here and there. But, no. Honestly, before the match, I was really eager to get out on the court."