Canada's Denis Shapovalov is full of confidence after reaching his maiden Grand Slam semifinal at Wimbledon and now he is hoping to make a deep run in front of his home fans at the Toronto Masters. Shapovalov, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No.
10 in the world, made the Wimbledon semifinal before losing to 20-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic in three tight sets. Shapovalov had his chances against Djokovic but he failed to convert them and he paid the ultimate price.
However, Shapovalov now feels he is a really big threat on the Tour. “I’m super excited, the momentum is great from Wimbledon and I just feel like the past couple of months my game level has improved a couple more steps up," Shapovalov said in a pre-tournament press conference, per the ATP website.
“I just feel like a confident player right now, I feel like I’m able to compete with anyone. I feel like I’m becoming a really big threat. Those are definitely super positive things for me”.
Shapovalov always believes he can win
“I think it’s always important to back yourself in sports in general, but especially in tennis.
If you’re going out in the match and you don’t fully believe you can win, then you obviously don’t have a chance. In this sport, anyone can beat anyone on any given day,” Shapovalov noted. Shapovalov felt great about his level at Wimbledon and he thought he could win it all.
"For me, I’ve always backed myself against any player, but especially in that Wimbledon I felt like my game was really at that level to go far and even lift that title,” Shapovalov said. “It was a good feeling.
And coming off of that tournament, all the emotion from those two weeks kind of got to me – that’s why I had that reaction [crying] after the match. It was just a combination of everything”. Elsewhere, rising Italian star Jannik Sinner captured the Washington title after beating Mackenzie McDonald in the final.
Sinner arrived to Washington on a four-match losing streak but then won five matches in a row to win the title in D.C. "I think there is still much work to do, to be honest. A lot of experience to put in, working hard as we are doing now, and trying to play important matches and important moments of a match," Sinner said. "Today I think I had a lot of them. I can learn many things [from] today."