Roger Federer is Denis Shapovalov's biggest idol. The Canadian recently admitted he was shocked the first 15 times the Swiss spoke to him. At the beginning of his career, Federer was struggling in dealing with emotions, and so does Shapovalov.
“That, of course, could be a big step for me. I’m still trying to mature and have a better attitude on court,” said the 19-year-old, as quoted by ATP. "I really look up to Roger in that case. He was pretty emotional himself on the court and he found a way to change himself and become the great ambassador and the role model he is today, so I’m hoping to follow his path”.
Indian doubles player Rohan Bopanna praised Shapovalov: “I think he’s a very, very fearless player. He goes out there, irrespective of who he’s playing against. He plays an attacking game, which makes him dangerous.
That single-handed backhand that he hits, he takes it on the rise, he’s very aggressive, and he’s got a great serve. He’s not afraid to come to the net and finish those volleys. If he wants, he can just hang in there from the back, so he’s got a lot of variety in his game, which makes him a complete player.
I think he’s going to be at the top for a long time." Shapovalov will face Andrey Rublev on Monday, who upset Marin Cilic on Saturday.