Denis Shapovalov lost in the 3rd round of the Australian Open against Novak Djokovic. The match was not of a high level. However, the young Canadian managed to win a set before losing the match 6-3 6-4 4-6 6-0.

Djokovic is really solid. SHAPOVALOV

He’s good. I think he’s No. 1 good [smile].

“Yeah, honestly he’s really solid. But I had my chances definitely. Especially after the third set, I felt a little bit physically dead. He started the fourth really well. After that, it was a little bit tough. The balls rolled. He was really taking advantage. He played a really good fourth set. After that, it was a little bit too late.

But the first two, it was a little bit difficult for me in terms of it’s not every day I’m playing a match against a top guy like this on a stage like that. Definitely, I was a little bit nervous, a little bit tight on everything, just hesitating a little bit. I felt a little bit tight on everything.

In the third set, that’s when I kind of loosened up and started playing my tennis. I just started really just enjoying myself. I told myself ‘Look; you’re already down two sets, so just have fun out there.’ That’s where I felt like I really started to play my game and really showed what I could do out there.

I felt like I was definitely really dominant in the third set. It was good tennis. It was fun. Like I said, in the fourth, he played a good set. It was a little bit too late for me to catch up.”

Shapvalov will now head to France where he will play the ATP250 in Montpellier. Melbourne was a great experience.

IMPRESSED

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