Denis Shapovalov had been knocking on the door for quite some time. The Canadian had reached seven tournament semifinals in his career but had lost every time. One of those losses came at this year’s Miami Open to Roger Federer. The 20-year-old finally won a semifinal last weekend at the Stockholm Open. He went on to win his first title in the final on Sunday.
Shapovalov and his mom
Shapovalov won the final against Filip Krajinovic. He defeated the Serbian in straight sets (6-4 6-4) in an impressive showing. The 20-year-old was pleased with his performance in the final. In an interview after the match, the Canadian player said that his semifinal record had not bothered him going into the tournament. The young player had remained patient and was positive he would eventually qualify for the final of an ATP tournament. Shapovalov said he was happy to finally get over the hump and win his maiden career title. He also credited his mother, Tessa, for the role she has played in his career so far. The 20-year-old said his mother was the reason he had taken up tennis. He revealed that she travels with him on tour and is always there to help him work on his game.
Shapovalov and Youzhny
Another person who has helped Shapovalov improve his performances in recent months is his coach Mikhail Youzhny. The world No. 27 started working with Youzhny in August. His form had suffered since his semifinal appearance in the Miami Open. He struggled during the clay and grass court season this year and had to take a break after Wimbledon. His form has improved since hiring the Russian as his coach. The pair have now won their first title and their partnership appears to be working well. Denis praised his coach saying that he had a great eye for the game. His experience under Youzhny has been eye-opening and he continues to learn new ways to improve his game from the former player.
Denis now competing in Vienna
The win in Stockholm will move Shapovalov back into the top 30 in the ATP rankings. The 20-year-old will have little time to celebrate. He will play in the Vienna Open this week. The Canadian also revealed his plans for the upcoming off season. He will go on holiday to the Bahamas and then head to Florida to train at the IMG academy.
Denis Shapovalov’s ranking and performance in 2019
Ranked no.27, Shapovalov played his last match on the 20th of October when he defeated Filip Krajinovic 6-4 6-4 in the final in Stockholm to win his 1st career title.
This year the Canadian has a 29-23 win-loss record. The Canadian has won 1 title in Stockholm.
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