Denis Shapovalov is recognized as one of the most crystalline talents to have appeared on the tour in recent years. The young Canadian has not yet managed to explode all his talent with constancy, showing however some flashes that portend a great future for him.
The number 10 ATP played an excellent Wimbledon, having pushed to the semifinals despite a far from easy draw. Andy Murray's beating on Center Court certainly gave him the right push to take the big shot. Stopping his race was the usual Novak Djokovic, the real ruler of this first half of the season.
Although the Serbian phenomenon has imposed itself in three sets, the score does not do justice to Denis' performance. Shapovalov was in fact one break ahead both in the first and in the second set, but he sinned for lack of cynicism in the crucial moments of the match.
An experience that will certainly be useful to him for the next few years. On the eve of his debut in Gstaad against qualifier Kopriva, the seeding number 1 praised the greatness of the Big 3 (Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic).
Shapovalov on the GOAT debate
“It is impossible to name a GOAT. It is truly a personal matter that concerns each individual,” Denis Shapovalov said in a pre-tournament interview. “So-and-so could just look at the stats, another could judge how much of a champion this player was, how he performed as a person or on the courts.
All three of them (Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer) are all very unique in their own way. It’s just a super fun generation to be a part of, and definitely, something like that will never happen again, in history I think.
It’s just super fun to see what the three of them are doing”. World No.9 Roger Federer didn’t enjoy a great comeback at the Wimbledon Championships 2021. Hubert Hurkacz thrashed him in straight sets in the quarter-finals and knocked him out of the tournament.
Interestingly, he even bagel’d the Swiss Maestro in the last set. Fans became quite disappointed when they got to know that Federer will not be traveling to Tokyo for the Olympic Games this year. He is 39 right now and this was probably his last shot at getting a Gold in the singles category at the Olympics.
Federer’s best performance in the singles category of the Olympics came in 2012 when he won the Silver medal for his nation. Although he played quite well at the London Olympics 2012, he lost to Andy Murray in the finals.