Shapovalov: 'We are going to dethrone Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal, Djokovic'

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Shapovalov: 'We are going to dethrone Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal, Djokovic'

Denis Shapovalov spoke about what we should expect from the youngsters in the 2020 season where Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will be a year older while the younger generation will be more experienced to go far in the Grand Slams.

The Canadian said: “I’m sure that next season there are going to be a lot of upsets. Obviously the Big Three, they’re still playing really well. But I think sooner or later, we’re going to dethrone them.

So we’ve just got to stay patient. I think slowly the players are starting to rise through the [ATP] Rankings. Medvedev’s really made a push the past couple of months. I’m sure a lot of players are following. There are so many talented guys.

There’s Frances, there’s Tsitsipas playing well, of course always Zverev”. Shapovalov also spoke about the ups and downs he has been having lately: I think everyone has his own route. For me, I feel like I shot up through the [ATP] Rankings so quickly with a couple of big results.

But to be honest my game wasn’t there. I was really flashy, really big tennis, but also really up and down. So worked really hard the past couple years to strengthen other parts of my game and really try to make it complete.

I still feel like there’s a lot of room to grow, so I’m happy to be doing so well at the end of this year. But hopefully, I can keep going so that a couple of years down the road I can potentially be a Grand Slam contender”.