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Sports Denis Shapovalov’s first ATP win puts him in ‘really good position’

15:51  21 october  2019
15:51  21 october  2019 Source:   sportsnet.ca

Canadians Denis Shapovalov, Vasek Pospisil off to second round in Shanghai

  Canadians Denis Shapovalov, Vasek Pospisil off to second round in Shanghai SHANGHAI — Canadians Denis Shapovalov and Vasek Pospisil have advanced to the second round of the Shanghai Masters. Shapovalov, from Richmond Hill, Ont., beat American Frances Tiafoe 6-4, 6-2 on Monday. Vancouver's Pospisil, a qualifier for the tournament, upset No. 14 seed Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 7-6 (2), 6-2. The 20-year-old Shapovalov, ranked 36th in the world, won 27 of 29 points on first serve en route to a win over the 51st-ranked Tiafoe.The first game of the match stretched to 15 minutes before Tiafoe held serve, but Shapovalov eventually took control with a break in the first set and two more in the second.

Denis Shapovalov exploded onto the Canadian tennis scene in 2017 with an unforgettable run at the Rogers Cup in Montreal, upsetting Rafael Nadal en However, it could be Shapovalov ’ s time to shine again. On Sunday, he won his first ATP Tour title at the Stockholm Open, downing Serbian Filip

The first three meetings between Shapovalov and Djokovic have been predictably one-sided. Not only has Djokovic won all three, but Shapovalov has only managed to win one set. Denis Shapovalov ' s first ATP win puts him in ' really good position '.

Denis Shapovalov in a blue shirt: denis-shapovalov© (Henrik Montgomery/TT via AP) denis-shapovalov

Denis Shapovalov exploded onto the Canadian tennis scene in 2017 with an unforgettable run at the Rogers Cup in Montreal, upsetting Rafael Nadal en route to the semifinals. He followed that up with a fourth-round appearance at the U.S. Open later that summer.

Not bad for an 18-year-old.

But Shapovalov, who hails from Richmond Hill, Ont., has been surpassed in the hierarchy of Canadian tennis phenoms, as Bianca Andreescu and Felix Auger-Aliassime both had breakout years in 2019. World No. 4 Andreescu captured titles at Indian Wells and the Rogers Cup, and won her first Grand Slam at the U.S. Open. Auger-Aliassime made three ATP finals and soared to No. 17.

Canadian Denis Shapovalov rolls into semis at Stockholm Open

  Canadian Denis Shapovalov rolls into semis at Stockholm Open STOCKHOLM — Canada's Denis Shapovalov is heading to the semifinals at the Stockholm Open. The fourth-seeded Shapovalov crushed German qualifier Cedrik-Marcel Stebe 6-0, 6-3 in quarterfinal action at the ATP Tour 250 event on Friday. The 20-year-old Shapovalov, from Richmond Hill, Ont., finished off Stebe in just under 49 minutes. The Canadian won 21 of 22 points when he got his first serve in, good for a 95 per-cent clip. Stebe, ranked 213th in the world, was only at 57 per cent (13-of-23) in the same stat.Shapovalov, ranked 34th in the world, never faced a break point.

Federer won the last four times he played the Swiss Indoors — missing the 2016 edition through injury — since a 2013 final loss against Juan Martin del Potro. Denis Shapovalov ' s first ATP win puts him in ' really good position '. Mike Shulman.

Winning his first ATP Tour title was a significant career milestone. Canada's Denis Shapovalov Shapovalov ' s victory was the first by a Canadian man since Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., won in Big win 'always helpful'. "I feel my form is there mentally," Shapovalov said. "I feel really fresh to play.

However, it could be Shapovalov’s time to shine again. On Sunday, he won his first ATP Tour title at the Stockholm Open, downing Serbian Filip Krajinovic 6-4, 6-4.

Frank Dancevic, captain of Canada’s Davis Cup team and former World No. 65, says the victory could give the now-20-year-old, who will crack the Top 30 after the result, some momentum.

“He’s maturing. He had a strong start there coming on tour, had some really big wins, really high expectations, but to be quite honest, he’s been able to back it up with some great tennis, good wins and he’s been able to keep his ranking up in the Top 40 in the world, which is not easy, right?” he said. “So, I think he’s done really well to defend that, and put himself in a really good position to have a run like he’s having now. This might give him some confidence to go deep in a few more tournaments later this year.”

Canadian tennis star Shapovalov advances to first career ATP final

  Canadian tennis star Shapovalov advances to first career ATP final STOCKHOLM — Denis Shapovalov is seeing the results of the work he's put into improving his game over the last couple of years. The Canadian advanced to the first ATP final of his career on Saturday, defeating Japan's Yuichi Sugita 7-5, 6-2 in the semifinals of the Stockholm Open. Shapovalov rose up the rankings with a solid 2017 rookie season that saw him reach the semifinals of the Rogers Cup in Montreal and the fourth round of the U.S. Open a month later. But he struggled to find consistent results after that.

Denis Shapovalov continued his impressive run of results in recent months by reaching his first ATP Masters I feel like it's a really big improvement in my game.” Shapovalov ’ s improved return was on show But despite his relief, Shapovalov has still been working hard to add to his trophy collection.

Denis Shapovalov poses with his trophy after winning the ATP Stockholm Open tennis tournament on Sunday. Not only was it Shapovalov ’ s first ATP title, but he becomes the first Canadian Tour winner since In April, Shapovalov jumped to a career- best 20th in the world rankings from No. 23

Dancevic — who coaches compatriot Vasek Pospisil full-time, but helped Shapovalov with some tournaments last year — added that Ws are hard to come by in tennis, so just going through a week without losing can provide a huge boost.

Even in his short and promising career, Shapovalov has seen the peaks and valleys of professional tennis. He surged to a career-best No. 20 after reaching the semifinals of the Miami Open in April. But just a few months later he needed to skip the Citi Open to clear his head after being mired in a losing streak.

“Victories are an amazing thing for a tennis player, because you leave with so much confidence going through the week. As tennis players, unless you win the tournament, you’re used to losing every single week of the year,” said Dancevic. “And it’s tough to win titles, right? You’re not going to go through the year of winning so many titles unless you’re Novak (Djokovic), or Roger (Federer), or Rafa (Nadal) — those three guys. So most of the year … you’re losing at events.”

Canadian Shapovalov captures Stockholm Open for first ATP Tour title

  Canadian Shapovalov captures Stockholm Open for first ATP Tour title STOCKHOLM — Canadian Denis Shapovalov has his first ATP Tour title. The fourth-seeded Shapovalov, of Richmond Hill, Ont., captured the Stockholm Open on Sunday with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Serbian Filip Krajinovic. Not only was it Shapovalov's first ATP title but he becomes the first Canadian Tour winner since Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., in Brisbane in January 2016. It marked the first time Shapovalov had ever faced the No. 60-ranked Krajinovic.The Canadian was ranked No. 34 in the world prior to this week's action but will crack the top-30 with this result for the first time since July.

Shapovalov captured his first ATP title in Stockholm, beating Filip Krajinovic in straight sets to become the first Canadian player to win an ATP title since Milos Raonic in January, 2016. "I think it' s a big step to win my first title," Shapovalov said. "Honestly, I think the most important thing for me is just to

On the men’s side, Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., jumped seven spots to No. 27 after capturing the Stockholm Open on Sunday for his first career ATP Tour title. Denis Shapovalov ' s first ATP win puts him in ' really good position '.

While the Stockholm Open is an ATP 250 — meaning the winner gets 250 points toward their rankings, the lowest worth on the tour’s four-tier scale — and featured a diluted field where Shapovalov was the fourth seed, Dancevic emphasized that doesn’t devalue the victory.

“A title’s a title on the tour, and it’s always great to get a title. It doesn’t matter if it’s a 250. And I know it’s a 250, but it’s still a big accomplishment, right? And I’m sure he’s going to remember this for the rest of his career that this was his first title,” he said.

It may be his first, Dancevic doesn’t expect it’ll be his last and said Shapovalov has the talent to win Masters and Grand Slams.

“It’s definitely a possibility. He has the game to do it,” he said.

He added that Shapovalov has “great potential” and is very talented, but he needs to clean up some kinks on the court.

“He’s a very explosive player, a very exciting player to watch. There’s definitely some inconsistency in his game … in that sometimes he plays a little bit too aggressive,” said Dancevic. “A little bit more consistency in his game and you’ll make the opponents play a little bit more. But that has to do with just maturing as a player and he’s starting to come along with that, and he seems to have found his game this week.”

With Canada playing in the Davis Cup Finals in Madrid next month and the end of the 2019 season quickly approaching, Dancevic believes the country is witnessing the greatest generation of players in history — and they could get even better.

“It’s amazing. Canadian tennis, we’re saying right now it’s an all-time high, but we don’t know that yet because these guys are so young, and there’s so much future ahead of them,” he said.

“So we don’t know what these guys are capable of. In a few years, we could have some really top, top players in the world, dominating tennis.”

Shapovalov to face Djokovic in Paris Masters final after Nadal withdraws .
Shapovalov to face Djokovic in Paris Masters final after Nadal withdrawsThe 20-year-old from Richmond Hill, Ont., will face No. 1 Novak Djokovic for the title on Sunday.

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