The Shape Of Things To Come: Denis Shapovalov!

Max G.

Legend
Well, we fans had a good period between Winston Salem and the ATP cup, but now it looks like there’s a definite Shapo drought... not much to do but hope Shapo gets back on track sometime.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
I don’t get TV for the smaller events to decipher the stats but winning 6 points on Vasek’s serve with half of those DFs is either Denis stinking up the joint or Vasek in top form.
 

Pmasterfunk

Semi-Pro
I don’t get TV for the smaller events to decipher the stats but winning 6 points on Vasek’s serve with half of those DFs is either Denis stinking up the joint or Vasek in top form.
Actually, Vashy was serving really well, high 1st serve percentage regularly over 200 km/h. Denis was pretty flat, but Pospisil played very well, served well, solid from the baseline, and he came to the net quite efficiently as well.
 

Sparlingo

Hall of Fame
Pospisil has been playing well since his comeback from his back injury. In live rankings he's moved 21 spots to 111th after being in the 250 range not long ago and with a win of the tournament here he would be back in the top 100, 104th with a win in the semi-final.
 

Marius_Hancu

Talk Tennis Guru
Tough draw for Shapo at Rotterdam, another Canadian fratricide match if Denis beats Dimitrov and Felix beats Struff. The hard work for Shapo doesn't end there, possible path is Dimitrov, Felix, Tsit's, Monfils, Medvedev to get through.
If this draw won't shake Canucks to reality, nothing will :cool:
 

James P

Hall of Fame
Tough draw for Shapo at Rotterdam, another Canadian fratricide match if Denis beats Dimitrov and Felix beats Struff. The hard work for Shapo doesn't end there, possible path is Dimitrov, Felix, Tsit's, Monfils, Medvedev to get through.

Man, how does that keep happening :(

That said, the way they are both playing, I doubt a Canadian frat match is even in the cards.
 

Marius_Hancu

Talk Tennis Guru
Tom Tebbutt with Heinz Gunthardt
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Heinz Gunthardt, the Swiss Fed Cup team’s captain, is a well-known figure in his homeland. As a player he won five tour titles and had a high ATP ranking of No. 22, won the 1985 Wimbledon doubles with Balazs Taroczy of Hungary and coached the legendary Steffi Graf of Germany to 12 of 22 her career Grand Slam titles. These days the 60 year old maintains a high profile in Switzerland as a television broadcaster covering international tennis events for the national Swiss German network.

TT: Canada has two players with tremendous potential in Denis Shapovalov and Félix Auger-Aliassime. What do you think of them with what you have seen so far?

HG: Shapovalov is really special because he can get really hot, but he can go really cold too (laughs). If he can stabilize his tennis a little bit – meaning that he will lose fewer matches which gives him more opportunity to become hot – he could be a world beater. But that’s easy to say but difficult to do.

Auger-Aliassime is much more stable as a player – he doesn’t run as hot and as cold. It will be interesting to see where the two go because at the same time when you’re more that type (Auger-Aliassime) at times you try to control things maybe too much. So the up side is not as great. It’s interesting to watch the two because both of them can absolutely win Slams when it comes to pure ability.
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Max G.

Legend
Could be a great match, but only if Shapovalov raises his level again! If he doesn't, it'll be ugly and error-strewn.
 

prairiegirl

Hall of Fame
Could be a great match, but only if Shapovalov raises his level again! If he doesn't, it'll be ugly and error-strewn.
Yes, well said. That quote above about Denis & Felix is very well said in my opinion. Both have the potential but potential is like a great story or film idea. It means nothing without the execution of great writing. We know D has potential, but somehow he seems to be reverting (lately) to his old patterns. Or, is something else going on? Stay tuned. Today's match may tell us a lot.
Ed. to say:
Why is Mikhail not there with him? Mom is back. Not a good sign.
 
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stringertom

Bionic Poster
The slump continues; after a horrible start in the first set, Denis played from behind the whole set (3-6) and then played a decent second set but faltered in the TB, 3-6 6-7(3).
 

Red Rick

Talk Tennis Guru
Not a good loss as Dimitrov hasn't been so hot lately either.

Needs to snag some points in the next few weeks as he defends a Miami semi next month.
 

Sparlingo

Hall of Fame
I blame my dog, Spud, for the loss. He fell asleep when he should have been cheering on our hero. Then again, I can't blame him too much for falling asleep during that particular match.
 

Sparlingo

Hall of Fame
Spud McKenzie?
Nope, even Spud McKenzie wasn't Spud McKenzie. Source: Internet.

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Is Spuds MacKenzie dead?
The dog's real name was Honey Tree Evil Eye or Evie for short (October 7, 1983 – May 31, 1993). She was from Malvern, Pennsylvania, but moved to Warsaw, Indiana, at a very young age. She died of renal failure in North Riverside, Illinois.
"
 

Joseph_K

Professional
Consolation is... or might be... winning in doubles after losing in singles. Earlier today, in first-round doubles action in Rotterdam, Shapo and Rohan Bopanna took on the Australian John Peers and Michael Venus of New Zealand. The Canadian-Indian combination took the first on a tiebreak (7-0) and came close to winning the match towards the end of the second set before their opponents recovered to force another tiebreak, which the latter won, 7-5.

The super tiebreak often has the air of a game of Russian roulette. Today, Shapo and Rohan won it to record a 7-6(0), 6-7(5), [10-8] victory. In the quarter-finals they will face the no. 4 seeds, Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau, who defeated Shapo and Felix last week in Montpellier.
 
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Max G.

Legend
Shapovalov and Bopanna have another win in dubs, another third set tiebreak over Bollelli and Sinner.

Shapo seems to actually be a decently consistent doubles player.
 

Sparlingo

Hall of Fame
Shapo loses his second doubles match in a tight match. In an unusual twist he plays two doubles matches one day before he gets to his first singles match. Pospisil, on the hand, has played two singles matches but is yet to play his first doubles.
 
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prairiegirl

Hall of Fame
He lost in doubles today. More of the same - just a ton of unforced errors. Let's hope he can do better in singles but all the tennis predictions select Cilic to win.
 

Joseph_K

Professional
An encouraging second-round win for Shapo against Marin Cilic in Marseilles on Thursday afternoon. The Canadian kept his best tennis for the final set and came through 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 for his first singles win in his last five tournaments.
 

prairiegirl

Hall of Fame
Yes, very encouraging. Interesting post-match interview, Shapovalov said the losses were "head issues". Does this mean anxiety? Loss of focus or concentration? Unclear. Anyway, Bublik is up next and should be interesting. Would be nice to see Denis in the SF or finals.
 

Sparlingo

Hall of Fame
Yes, very encouraging. Interesting post-match interview, Shapovalov said the losses were "head issues". Does this mean anxiety? Loss of focus or concentration? Unclear. Anyway, Bublik is up next and should be interesting. Would be nice to see Denis in the SF or finals.
Shapovalov's diagnosis of head issues in the last few tournaments agrees with the unanimous consensus of the tennis world. I think he got nervous staring into joining the top 10. Looked to be back in great form today.
 

prairiegirl

Hall of Fame
Another horrible loss for Denis. He absolutely could have and should have won this match. At 3-4 he played a horrible game with no focus, concentration or intent. While he has tons of talent, his inability to keep focus in a match is becoming a chronic problem for him. I'm amazed he played as well as he did for as long as he did last year, because this year he's been the same as always: inconsistent, too many unforced errors, poor focus, bad attitude on court (although today he was good), and so many other issues. I don't know what's happened to Mikhail either. He's not been present for some time now and I wonder if they've parted ways? If they have, it's another coach down the drain, and Denis goes back to mother?
 

Beacon Hill

Hall of Fame
I wonder if Felix and Denis are no longer close friends. You would think if they were they would play doubles together, rather than with other partners while entered in the same tournament.
 

Sparlingo

Hall of Fame
I wonder if Felix and Denis are no longer close friends. You would think if they were they would play doubles together, rather than with other partners while entered in the same tournament.
Shapo and Felix played recently together, this month at Montpellier (2 weeks ago) and at the ATP Cup. Felix doesn't always want to play doubles. When Felix was on a different tour Shapo began playing with Bopanna and they hit it off, he's learned skills with him. Boppana wants to play the Olympics for India and needs a higher ranked player to get into some tournaments and needs a higher ranking to qualify for the Olympics. Shapo may feel an obligation there.
 

Sparlingo

Hall of Fame
Disappointing loss by Shapo against a player he should have beat but he's starting to get his act together. I predicted he would be unpredictable this year as I did last year and I was right both times, wish I'd listen to myself a little more and not bet on him so much. Our hopes are now with Felix for this tournament.
 

prairiegirl

Hall of Fame
Disappointing loss by Shapo against a player he should have beat but he's starting to get his act together. I predicted he would be unpredictable this year as I did last year and I was right both times, wish I'd listen to myself a little more and not bet on him so much. Our hopes are now with Felix for this tournament.
I happen to agree with you here. I think he's improving but it's inconsistency still that plagues him. And yes, listen to your gut instincts more, LOL.
 
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