Denis Shapovalov continues to write pages of tennis history. On Friday, he became the youngest player to reach the semifinals of a Masters 1000 after yet another spectacular comeback. This time, he came back from a set down to top Adrian Mannarino 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. Furthermore, he is now assured to be ranked 67 in the world in the next rankings.
If everyone in the tennis world talks about the young Canadian, it is also valid for the players, including Roger Federer. The Swiss had very nice words to say about the 18-year-old.
“I thought it was a fantastic match. That was cool I’m sure to watch for a lot of kids, to see you can go beat your hero once if you train hard in your life, stay the course. I thought it was great from start to finish. It’s a good night for tennis in some ways. Playing forward, doing that on Court 4 against a journeyman is a different story than doing it on center court. We all know that. But not everybody can go up to that level. It seems that Denis has an extra gear. I said this before this win. I like his game. I think he’s going to be a wonderful player. Seems to have a good attitude, too. It was a joy to watch.”
– Roger Federer
When told what Federer said about him, Denis Shapovalov looked like he could not believe his ears:
“Roger watching my match, that’s an honour for me. Roger is my hero. He’s my idol. Just seeing him here in the locker rooms, like I said, I still get shell-shocked. To have him speak so highly of me, it’s a huge honour. It’s a huge confidence boost, you know, to have someone that’s so good at the game say such nice words about my game.”
– Denis Shapovalov
On Saturday evening, the Canadian will face fourth seed Sascha Zverev in a very interesting NextGen battle.
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