The Shape Of Things To Come: Denis Shapovalov!

Red Rick

Talk Tennis Guru
The ATP cup wasn't a private event for Shapovalov, and catching occasional lucky breaks isn't reserved for him either.

If what you said made any sense, it should be reflected in the Elo rating lagging behind his actual ranking. But that's not the case at all. If anything, his actual performance trend suggests that his ranking is lagging slightly behind his level and is likely to rise a bit in the foreseeable future.

«The tour is dire» is a meaningless catch-all that justifies calling anyone overranked no matter what the facts say.
Well Rublev couln't play ATP cup could he. I'm quite surprised to see you hang on to ELO so tightly

I just don't think Shapo's highs make up much for how terrible his lows are. If they did I think he would've had more tournament wins and better results against top 10 players. I don't think a players quality is determined by his hottest 3 game stretches. And I'm saying I don't think his past 12 months are worthy of top 15. Not that he won't get top 10 or higher in the future.
 

Red Rick

Talk Tennis Guru
Honestly don't get this widespread fascination of kicking any and every horse that's down just for the sake of it.

Cathartic in some way, I guess.
When most posts in hype threads are highly unrealistic and when we're handing out hypothetical future Slams by the handful, I suppose my posts seem cathartic, yes.
 

Red Rick

Talk Tennis Guru
Lord forbid any parade go unrained upon, aye
Honestly surprised how much this keeps happening given the results of the 90's generations in the past 10 years. But really far be it to dissuade people from enjoying somebodies tennis, but I don't understand why enjoying a players tennis must go hand in hand with super high expectations.
 

tonylg

Hall of Fame
Honestly surprised how much this keeps happening given the results of the 90's generations in the past 10 years. But really far be it to dissuade people from enjoying somebodies tennis, but I don't understand why enjoying a players tennis must go hand in hand with super high expectations.
Meh, I had him down to not get past both Sinner and Dimi and I'm disappointed we won't get to see him play either.

But that's not why you waded in. You said he's not good enough to be ranked where he is because in the last year his record is:

Final in Paris Masters (if that doesn't count, then neither does Nadal's USO where he also got a walkover and defeated fewer top 20 players)
Spearheading Canada to Davis Cup final
Won Stockholm 250
Semis in Miami Masters (wins over Evan, Rublev, Tsitsipas and Tiafoe)
Semis and Winston-Salem 250
Plus a few others decent wins

Or is it because you just hate anyone with flair?
 

Red Rick

Talk Tennis Guru
Or is it because you just hate anyone with flair?
You pick. Apparently beating dudes like Tiafoe is part of an argument for being a top player. Yet Nadal doesn't get credit for beating Medvedev in a Slam final.

It's all cherry picking really. But burn the heretic for not ignoring the bad patches and matches.

But nah I just hate everyone with flair. It's all I have in my life.
 

StANDAA

Legend
You pick. Apparently beating dudes like Tiafoe is part of an argument for being a top player. Yet Nadal doesn't get credit for beating Medvedev in a Slam final.

It's all cherry picking really. But burn the heretic for not ignoring the bad patches and matches.

But nah I just hate everyone with flair. It's all I have in my life.
the problem with this forum is that Shapo gets praised and hyped to no end after losing to an average Djokovic because “this time he pushed him!” yet Nadal gets memed and criticized to no end because he’s won a slam SF easier than he should have.
 
@Red Rick it looks like you a very young. Teenagers like you think that Federer was a goat since he was born.
He was a perfect player when he was a baby boy.
You don't remember when Federer was is Shapo edge he was very unstable like a current Shapo.
In contrast Lleyton Hewitt was vary stable. At age 20 Hewitt was number 1, and Federer was just number 13, similar to Shapo today.
 

BeatlesFan

Talk Tennis Guru
You don't remember when Federer was is Shapo edge he was very unstable like a current Shapo.
Well, I was watching Fed ever since 1998 when he was 17. Admittedly, I couldn't watch many of his matches because they weren't televised but I followed him assiduously. He was never "unstable," rarely complained as Denis does or had meltdowns on court in 2001-2002 when he was 20. You're simply mistaken. In one match yesterday, Denis threw his racket more than Fed has in his entire professional career and that's a fact. Fed was "unstable" as a child player and up to the age of 14 when he was sent to Geneva. When Federer was Denis' age, he was anything but unstable in his on court demeanor. It's a ludicrous and invented statement. You will have nothing to offer as proof since it doesn't exist, either Youtube videos from 2000-2001 or archived print media.
 

Red Rick

Talk Tennis Guru
Well, I was watching Fed ever since 1998 when he was 17. Admittedly, I couldn't watch many of his matches because they weren't televised but I followed him assiduously. He was never "unstable," rarely complained as Denis does or had meltdowns on court in 2001-2002 when he was 20. You're simply mistaken. In one match yesterday, Denis threw his racket more than Fed has in his entire professional career and that's a fact. Fed was "unstable" as a child player and up to the age of 14 when he was sent to Geneva. When Federer was Denis' age, he was anything but unstable in his on court demeanor. It's a ludicrous and invented statement. You will have nothing to offer as proof since it doesn't exist, either Youtube videos from 2000-2001 or archived print media.
Think a lot of his misbehavior is overstated simply to add to the story tbh. I got all hyped up for mad man 18 year old Fed but he barely smashed a dent into a racket.
 

Max G.

Legend
Geez, why does it the discussion come back to Fed?

Shapo is not a "Young Fed". He's still going to be pretty awesome to watch and I'm hopeful he'll improve to the point where he's contending for majors, but he's not Fed.
 

prairiegirl

Hall of Fame
In his post-match interview he gave credit to Marton and said he didn't play well and was dealing with excessive anxiety which has happened before.
 

The Green Mile

Bionic Poster
Hindsight, but it's a pretty rough opening round to draw Fucsovics, probably one of the better unseeded players. Bookies gave him a 79% winning rate at the start of the match, commented that I thought that was pretty generous. Marton is a smart cookie with his disciplined shot selection and margin, a streaky player like Shapo can definitely beat themselves against a steady sort of player.
 

TheGhostOfAgassi

Talk Tennis Guru
May have been about his pre tournament comments about the conditions. Sure as hell looked anxious and hot tempered yesterday. Probably the most jumpy/ quick to anger I've seen him in a match throughout....
It’s a bit strange though that he felt more anxiety than the others out in court yesterday, same conditions for them all. So it’s something within himself me thinks. But he can learn from this, and comeback stronger! Cmon Shapo, you can do this!
He has been in a good flow, and a setback again. Has to keep moving.
 

prairiegirl

Hall of Fame
Anxiety is a condition. Esp. if it's persistent. And, there is nothing strange about it. Good on him for being open and honest about this. He says it's happened before.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
You pick. Apparently beating dudes like Tiafoe is part of an argument for being a top player. Yet Nadal doesn't get credit for beating Medvedev in a Slam final.

It's all cherry picking really. But burn the heretic for not ignoring the bad patches and matches.

But nah I just hate everyone with flair. It's all I have in my life.
Yes, your hate does have a flair to it.

At least you have a love for Sinning. Any ginger dude from Innichen can’t be all bad, no?
 

The Green Mile

Bionic Poster
Think a lot of his misbehavior is overstated simply to add to the story tbh. I got all hyped up for mad man 18 year old Fed but he barely smashed a dent into a racket.
He was just real moody when he wasn't playing well. In this match alone, Fed throws his racquet eight times and finally smacks a ball into the stadium after losing match point on a forehand error. No huge racquet smashes or anything like that.

 

Marius_Hancu

Talk Tennis Guru
Denis Shapovalov: "Not all of me was there today" | Australian Open 2020 R1

Press conference with Denis Shapovalov in the first round of the Australian Open 2020.

 

Red Rick

Talk Tennis Guru
@Red Rick it looks like you a very young. Teenagers like you think that Federer was a goat since he was born.
He was a perfect player when he was a baby boy.
You don't remember when Federer was is Shapo edge he was very unstable like a current Shapo.
In contrast Lleyton Hewitt was vary stable. At age 20 Hewitt was number 1, and Federer was just number 13, similar to Shapo today.
Dude

I'm 39
 

Max G.

Legend
Next tournament for Shapovalov is Montpellier, where he's the 3rd seed.

Funnily enough, he might have the exact same draw there as he had in New Zealand just a few weeks ago - Bye in the 1st round, possible meeting with Pospisil in the second round, and then Ugo Humbert in the QF!

Lets hope he raises his level back to what it was at the ATP cup, instead of what it was in NZ and the AO....
 

Joseph_K

Professional
Shapo has been seeded no. 3 at this coming week's tournament in Montpellier, France. He is one of three Canadians in the singles event, all of whom find themselves in the lower half of the draw. As in Auckland, Shapo could face Vasek Pospisil in the second round and Ugo Humbert in the quarter-finals. He can't face his good friend Felix, the no. 5 seed, before the semi-finals.

Shapo and Felix have teamed up for the doubles event in Montpellier. Unseeded, they have been drawn against Horia Tecau and Jean-Julien Rojer, the no. 2 seeds, in the first round.
 

Sparlingo

Hall of Fame
I wonder if Felix and Shapo are thinking about teaming up for the Olympics in doubles? Also I wonder what Pospisil's plans are?
 

Joseph_K

Professional
It will be Shapo vs Vasek again in second-round singles action at the Open Sud de France after Vasek beat Aljaz Bedene earlier today, 6-3, 6-4.
 

prairiegirl

Hall of Fame
Horrible lack of effort from D today. Lost in straight sets to Pospisil. Kept losing his serve. As horrible as his play in the Aussie Open. He's been poor in his last 3 tournaments so he needs to get it together fast.
 
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