Denis Shapovalov. It is name that smacks of notoriety for the few who knew about him before his amazing runs at the Canadian Masters and US Open of this year. In a moment that shook a substantial part of the tennis community, Shapovalov fractured the eye socket of the chair umpire during a David Cup tie between Canada (his country) and Great Britain; when he unintentionally played a ball in his direction upon losing a point. That incident happened in February this year.

He shook the tennis world again a few months later, this time in a positive way, and on a scale that more than made up for the notoriety he generated back then in February. At the tender age of 18 years old, at his maiden Masters ATP 1000 tournament, he bulldozed veterans such as Del Potro, Nadal and Mannarino to reach the semifinals (where he lost to eventual champion ALexander Zverev Jr.) Weeks later, he reached the fourth round of the US Open (his second grand slam played, the first one being Wimbledon 2017), beating Tsonga in the process. Why are these achievements such big deals

  • He is now the youngest person ever to have reached the semifinals of an ATP 1000 Masters tournament.
  • None of the Great Four have gone so far in their second grand slam

Djokovic: Rolland Garros 2005 (second round)
Murray: US Open 2005 (second round)
Federer: Wimbledon 1999 (first round)
Nadal: US Open 2003 (second round)

Rock on Shapovalov! Let's just hope he is more Rafael Nadal than Donald Young...

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