Coach Gunter Bresnik has compared Gael Monfils to Denis Shapovalov, claiming the Frenchman can beat anyone when his game is in place. Also, Bresnik suggested that Nick Kyrgios is similar to Monfils and that it would be a good idea for the two to practice together whenever they can.
Monfils and Kyrgios are good friends off the court and they practiced together just before the start of the US Open. At this past Wimbledon, Shapovalov made his maiden Grand Slam semifinal before losing to world No. 1 Novak Djokovic.
Shapovalov was playing his best game throughout the whole Wimbledon and he made it hard even for 20-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic. "There are few like him. There is Kyrgios, but he is a less good athlete. Besides, it would be a good idea for them to practice together.
They are never bored, there is always a challenge, they both play really fast. Gaël is like Shapovalovc: if his game is in place, he can beat anyone," Bresnik told L'Equipe, per We Love Tennis.
Kyrgios shared a touching message to Monfils
At Flushing Meadows, six-time ATP champion Kyrgios and former world No.
6 Monfils met on the practice court. Following their practice, Monfils shared a picture of the two on Instagram. “Thankyou my brother,” Kyrgios wrote in the comment section, adding a love heart emoji. “Your energy makes my day all the time.
Always a pleasure. Goodluck and I’m always here for you." Meanwhile, Shapovalov -- who was compared to Monfils by Bresnik -- has been through to the US Open third round. “I think in general New York is a city I've always felt loved in,” Shapovalov said.
“I always feel great every year I come back here. Of course, with making quarter-finals here last year, and the semi-finals run at Wimbledon, I kind of know how to prepare myself a little bit more, I’m more comfortable leading into these big tournaments”.