Denis Shapovalov participated in the first edition of the Next Gen ATP Finals in 2017. The Canadian was included in Group A along with Andrey Rublev, Hyeon Chung and Gianluigi Quinzi. Shapovalov, on that occasion, only managed to beat the Italian player but not to qualify for the semifinals of the Italian event, then won by Chung in the final against Rublev.
This year, the absolute star of the tournament will be Carlos Alcaraz who had a leading season, reached the top 40 and won his first ATP title in Umag at 18 year-old. Lorenzo Musetti will also participate in the Next Gen Finals.
The Italian is not having one of his best moments, but he will be able to count on the support of the home crowd to surprise everyone once again. Alcaraz and Musetti will only be able to face each other in the semifinals, because they have been included in two different groups.
The Spaniard will be part of Group A together with Brandon Nakashima, Juan Manuel Cerundolo and Holger Rune; while the Italian will have to beat the competition of Sebastian Korda, Sebastian Baez and Hugo Gaston.
Shapovalov: "Musetti will become a really great player"
Shapovalov talked about the new talents of the ATP Tour in a recent interview collected by SuperTennis.
He sais: "Carlos has really improved a lot this season. He played a big tournament at the US Open and he's a really, really talented guy who has grown out of all proportion over the past two years. We had heard a lot about him and he definitely put on some really spectacular tennis.
He plays very aggressively and hits the ball very hard, so it's fun to watch him." On Musetti, Shapovalov instead stated: "Lorenzo is another really nice player to admire in terms of playing style. His one-handed backhand is very elegant and produces impressive hits.
I think his one-handed backhand is a great one. weapon and who has done really very well this season and the last two years, so he's another guy who is definitely a strong contender for the title. He's going to become a really great player."