World No. 14 Denis Shapovalov isn't bothered by his double-fault issue as he acknowledges that double faults come with the aggressive gamestyle. Shapovalov was second in the double faults category in 2020 while he finished second in 2019 and 2021.
Shapovalov has hit 31 aces through his first four matches at this year's Australian Open. “It’s a part of tennis,” Shapovalov said, when asked by Tennis Majors. “I like to go for it, and for sure, I mean, it’s not ideal, but it is what it is and you have to move on from it and try to play the next point obviously.
I’d like to not be missing any shots or hitting any double faults, but unfortunately, that’s the game of tennis. The way I look at it is, it’s a game of mistakes. So it’s always kind of nice that you’re allowed to make mistakes and just keep going from it”.
The aggressive approach paying off for Shapovalov
Shapovalov, a 2021 Wimbledon semifinalist, is now a win away from making his first Australian Open semifinal. On Sunday, Shapovalov stunned third-seeded Alexander Zverev in straight sets 6-3 7-6 (5) 6-3.
“It’s probably the one I least expected to finish in three,” said Shapovalov in his on-court interview. “I’m very happy with my performance, definitely happy with where my game is at”. Zverev didn't have a great day but Shapovalov absolutely deserved victory.
“I think off the ground I was playing really well, really feeling my shots off both wings,” said Shapovalov. “I played pretty smart today, it felt like things were going my way early on. I lost a little bit of momentum mid-way in the second set but fought well to come back and just kind of rolled with it after”. Shapovalov now has a tough task ahead of him as he plays next 20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal.