In an interview to ProCourt the former top ten player Mikhail Youzhny spoke about the reasons behind Denis Shapovalov's Paris Masters final loss to Novak Djokovic. The Russian, who became the Canadian's coach in August, said: "I would not really want to commentate on it.
We did not work a lot to speak in detail about his strengths and weaknesses. It's possible that if my experience with Denis gets closer to the one I had with Boris Sobkin, I will answer this question in a more detailed way.
I will say shortly: Denis is young and he still has something to work on. It was a good run for him, he beat strong players. Not just Alexander Zverev but other top 20 players in the beginning of the week. And all this over a short period of time.
I am very happy with his game level. And then the final is final, and Djokovic is Djokovic." On DaniilMedvedev's Moscow and Vienna withdrawals, Youzhny added: "I think Daniil took the right choice. And skipping two tournaments will help him to play well at the ATP Finals and in the Davis Cup finals."
On Russians not having the right weather condition to practice in, Youzhny concluded: "Somewhere in Florida the weather is better to prepare ahead of Australian tournaments instead of moscow. But training at home is an advantage.
Why do all the tennis players? I think it's because we do not have a facility like the IMG Academy." Denis Shapovalov joins a world class field at the ABN Amro Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam. The Canadian will play the ATP 500 event that will also feature Daniil Medvedev, Gael Monfils, Stan Wawrinka and David Goffin from 8 to 16 February 2020.
The Tournament Director Richard Krakjicek said: "Denis Shapovalov is one of the toptalents of the ATP Tour. It is nice to see that he is already in the top 20 at the age of 20. Last edition he made quite an impression in Rotterdam and he has continued that line this year, certainly on hard court. We are very happy he will present again in 2020”.