World No. 13 Denis Shapovalov doesn't believe that Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev play better than him. Medvedev has a Grand Slam title, while Tsitsipas and Zverev have both played in a Grand Slam final.
Each of the three players mentioned above has at least one won Masters title. Shapovalov made his maiden Grand Slam semifinal this past Wimbledon and he has no Masters titles in his collection. Shapovalov, a former world No.
10, has only one title in his collection as he won his maiden ATP title in Stockholm in 2019. In St. Petersburg, Shapovalov was asked if Medvedev, Tsitsipas and Zverev have taken the lead among the younger generation. "I disagree with that.
I think everyone has their own way. Don't forget that I played in the semifinals at Wimbledon this year, and I think this is a great achievement, a big step. Perhaps they have more consistent results, but I would not say that they play better than me, even if you watch our head-to-head it's pretty close.
It seems to me that everyone goes their own way. Maybe one year they play better, the next year I will play better. This is how I see it," Shapovalov said.
Shapovalo escaped a shock loss in St.
Shapovalov, seeded at No. 2, had a first round bye in St. Petersburg. On Wednesday, Shapovalov kicked off his campaign in St. Petersburg with a 2-6 6-3 6-0 win over Pablo Andujar. Andujar made a convincing start to the match, having broken Shapovalov twice to comfortably win the opener.
In the second set, Shapovalov saved a break point in the third game before earning his first break of the match in the fourth game. Shapovalov then held on to his serve the rest of the set to force a decider. After winning the second set, Shapovalov broke Andujar three times and faced no break points to complete a comeback win.