Denis Shapovalov is a born showman. The 17-year-old, who recently won Wimbledon Junior in singles and was a finalist (alongside another Canadian promise, Félix Auger-Aliassime), proved it on Monday, in Toronto.
Not only did he play, at his own request, on Centre Court, he also defeated the 19th player in the world. Nick Kyrgios, 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-3, thus signing his first ATP win.
If, many times, the Aussie did not look like he wanted to be on the court, this does not, in any way, take any credit away from the Canadian, who played his spectacular brand of tennis, relying on his powerful serve and aggressive game to unsettle his rival many times, which earned him a huge victory.
What is there not to like about Shapovalov?
What is there not to like about Denis Shapovalov? The kid is spectacular, has an amazing personality, is a lefty and has a gorgeous one-handed backhand.
On top of it, he likes the spotlight!
“I thought it would be fun with all the fans”, he said, about his request to play on Centre Court. “I love playing on a big stage. I love, you know, impressing people. So, yeah, it was very fun for me.”
And impress us he did!
In the second round, the Ontarian will face Grigor Dimitrov, who escaped Yuichi Sugita 5-7, 7-6(5), 6-4. A great battle of one-handers in perspective!
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