Shapovalov wants to reign among young people who will be in charge of tennis in the future
Denis Shapovalov is one of all the young aspirants to soon occupy the throne of tennis which has a longer career, not in vain and in 2017, in the Rogers Cup, was able to beat Rafael Nadal, his first victim of the top-10 players But she is barely 20 years old and her career is ready to take off. Tonight in Miami has beaten his second top-10, Stefanos Tsitsipas, a tennis player who will surely continue to be these years to be his own age.
Despite losing in the first set, in which he committed no less than 18 unforced errors, Shapovalov has managed to win the world number 10 after just over two hours: 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 and now he will have the opportunity to play a place in what would be his third semifinal in a Masters 1000 with a good friend of his, also of his generation, Frances Tiafoe.
"I knew it would be a tough match," he said after eliminating Tsitsipas, "but he was prepared for a long battle. Now I am happy with how I played and how everything went. I have controlled the rhythm of the game at all times. " The Canadian equals his best mark of the year, as he also reached the quarterfinals in Montpellier, where he lost to Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert, and in Rotterdam, where he fell against the Swiss Wawrinka.
The crack born in Tel Aviv will be one of the big stars of the next edition of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, where they will meet, in addition to four top-10 with Nadal at the top, with the first five of the Race to Milan, or what is the same, the five most promising under-21 players in the circuit: Tsitsipas, Shapovalov, Tiafoe, Alex de Miñaur and Felix Auger-Aliassime.
Of all those names, except Tsitsipas, who already enjoys "status" of top-10, "Shapo" is the one that currently has the best ranking (23), which will improve on Monday since last year in this tournament played the fourth round and now aspires to, at least, be in the sixth, the semifinals.
Asked about his upcoming quarter-final clash, "Shapo" believes that "it's always great to play with Frances." "We are really good friends and I appreciate it very much," he added. He is going to be a great champion and has a very bright future ahead of him. It's going to be an exciting game. We're both punchers, so I'm ready for another fun and difficult match