In an interview with Tennis Magazine, Denis Shapovalov spoke about Novak Djokovic saying the Canadian will do big things in the future. Shapovalov said: "It's nice to hear. I had an unbelievable week in Paris but it doesn't end here: I am coming back to practice, I want to beat players like Novak, so I have to improve my return because in the final I did not do too well."
Asked if the moment of his generation came, Shapovalov replied: "Personally, the way is still very long to go. If my moment came, it means that I am able to win Grand Slam titles, but I do not think I am there yet. I have to still grow as a player, my tennis still has some progress to make."
On the Next Gen Finals, which he withdrew from, Shapovalov added: "That's a big tournament, like a bonus to enjoy facing the best younger players in the world. Honestly, I am not a fan of the rules they are introducing.
It's confusing. Most of the week we lose time on what we have to do and it forces us to think more than what we are supposed to do." Asked if Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas's successes made him feel less pressure, Shapovalov concluded: "I do not really think so.
I am happy for them, they played unbelievable tennis this year. But everyone follows their own path. My breakthrough was very quick, and after that, it took some time to settle my level and progress. Growing as a player is not easy when you are so young, and so you have to learn who you are, know what we do better or not. It's fascinating progress."