The Shape Of Things To Come: Denis Shapovalov!

Ironwood

Professional
The final was a big letdown after his play throughout the Masters. He looked like a deer caught in headlights on some points. Just didn't respond as he is likely capable of! But making the finals was not expected....so well done!
 

prairiegirl

Hall of Fame
The final was a big letdown after his play throughout the Masters. He looked like a deer caught in headlights on some points. Just didn't respond as he is likely capable of! But making the finals was not expected....so well done!
Yes, I expect he was preparing to play Nadal, and all of his efforts were geared in that direction. Djokovic is a very different player, and he had a bit of time to prepare, but not much. Also, he's beaten Nadal, so he might have had the mindset he could do so again. Not Djokovic.
 

Marius_Hancu

Talk Tennis Guru
Footwork adjustment paying off red-hot Shapovalov
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The 20-year-old from Richmond Hill, Ont., started working with coach Mikhail Youzhny last summer and the move paid quick dividends.

"He really made me change my footwork and start moving a lot more with smaller steps and much more actively," Shapovalov said Tuesday from Athens. "I feel like that just made such a big difference early on. At first it was a little bit tough for me in practices. I was getting tired quickly. But it really paid off quickly.

"I feel with that little adjustment I was able to just play a lot better and move a lot better on the court. It really helped me in those matches."

"From the first day I felt like he was really able to pick me up and really see my game," Shapovalov said. "He had a clear vision of how he sees me playing the game and how to coach me and how to work with me.

"I think he really clicked with me from the first day and the first practice. I think it's been very positive working with him."

The footwork change gave Shapovalov more time to prepare his shots, set up a plan of attack and follow through on court.

"I felt like I was able to do whatever I wanted with the ball a lot better," he said. "You know, control it, play it anywhere I wanted to. I feel like that's why I was able to play really well in Winston-Salem and at the (US) Open."
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Try to see his new footwork here: :cool:
Highlights Alexander Zverev vs Denis Shapovalov Paris Open 2019
 

prairiegirl

Hall of Fame
Fritz - Shapovalov should be interesting. Denis has always had his number, but Fritz has really improved this year. As for Opelka v. Pospisil, that will be interesting too, even though, IMO, all Opelka has is his big serve. He's clunky and awkward out there, mostly due to his height.
 
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