“The most beautiful week of my life” -Denis Shapovalov

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    QMI agency

    Sunday, 13 August, 2017 01:03

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    Sunday, 13 August, 2017 01:03

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    Despite his defeat at the hands of Alexander Zverev, this is a Denis Shapovalov happy that is presented in front of reporters after his elimination in the semi-finals of the Rogers Cup.

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    “It is, of course, I’m a little disappointed because I know that I had my chances. But this defeat will not shade my tournament. I have just experienced the most beautiful week of my life, he said. I had a lot of fun. And manage to beat some of my idols (del Potro and Nadal), it’s a dream become a reality.”

    Finally had some time last night to think about the last 6 days of my life. I’d like to thank the people from Montreal and across Canada for the love and support. I have never come across a more electric atmosphere. I want to thank all my sponsors for their belief in me throughout the ups and downs. And lastly I would like to thank my team… I am so thankful to be working with such a fantastic and humble group of people. Without you guys I am nothing so I am so thankful for all the time you guys sacrifice towards helping me become better. And even though not all of you could make it to watch my match live, I still felt your presence in my heart. Thank you Canada and Thank you Montreal. #DontStopFighting

    A publication shared by Denis Shapovalov (@denis.shapovalov) on August 13, 2017 at 7h42 PDT

     

    Significant jump in the standings

    The young Ontario also had other reasons to smile. With his performance of the week at the Rogers Cup, he will rise from 143rd to 67th place in the world. A prodigious leap which would make him the second best canadian player behind Milos Raonic. It will also become the youngest player to be part of the top 100 of the ATP.

    “I don’t realize it yet. It is a huge leap”, launched Shapovalov, who begins to quietly measure the impact of its brilliant performances of the last week.

    “My life has completely changed these last few days. Before, I was an unknown in the tennis world and in life in general. It will require adjustments but in the end, it does nothing to change the essential. I must continue to work hard every day to move forward.”

    The player of 18 years of age was quite surprised of the media coverage it has received in recent days.

    “I was not expecting to hear my name every two minutes on tv. At a given moment, it is enough !” laughed Shapovalov, who does not, however, too excited with his new notoriety. He prefers to keep things in perspective.

    “This week represents a small part of my season. There are still so many aspects of my game that I can improve”, he concluded.

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