The Shape Of Things To Come: Denis Shapovalov!

maximus

Semi-Pro
16 years old but already playing an aggressive all court game behind a wicked lefty serve and very solid movement/net skills. The FH is a bit loopy but his OHBH is sublime, coming over the ball with flat aggressive angles even on the return.

Even in today's SF loss in three sets to the veteran Daniel Evans, you can see the seeds of a game that will make his rise up in the rankings a very rapid process.

Keep him on your radar. His fellow Canadian teenager, FAA, received more attention initially but Denis is not to be ignored.
I like how this post correctly predicted the rise of Shapovalov. I am a fan.
 
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Bluefan75

Professional
I cant wait until they have electronic line calling. It needs to happen on all hard court matches. no disrespect to the lines people. Plus, the ATP wants to speed up matches anyway.

I don't like it when I see matches played in Masters events and the challenge system is not available. That happened when Shapo played Milos in Cincy. their match got moved to a smaller court due to a rain delay and they couldn't challenge calls. That is BS in my opinion. I don't know how the lines people can see the 130 MPH serves!
Was it a line judge calling or chair ump overrule? I know he directed his comments at the chair ump. Denis did challenge because he did get a replay. I just couldn't understand why it was even called.
 

Smurph

Rookie
Was it a line judge calling or chair ump overrule? I know he directed his comments at the chair ump. Denis did challenge because he did get a replay. I just couldn't understand why it was even called.
I went back and re-watched. Denis had a BP and he hit a ball that landed in the middle of the baseline. The line judge called it out, but the chair umpire quickly overruled. Kevin's shot immediately after went in so they had to re-play the point. The crowd wasn't happy.

It was unfortunate. Denis could have won the point had the correct call been made, but he could have lost it too. He also had a BP in an earlier Anderson game in the 5th set but couldn't convert.

Overall, I am so impressed with how he played. He came out on the court to win. His volleys were great, he was mixing it up and his ground game was on too. Best of all, his ROS has gotten so much better. The crowd clearly loved him too. I am even more excited about his future.
 

Bluefan75

Professional
I went back and re-watched. Denis had a BP and he hit a ball that landed in the middle of the baseline. The line judge called it out, but the chair umpire quickly overruled. Kevin's shot immediately after went in so they had to re-play the point. The crowd wasn't happy.

It was unfortunate. Denis could have won the point had the correct call been made, but he could have lost it too. He also had a BP in an earlier Anderson game in the 5th set but couldn't convert.

Overall, I am so impressed with how he played. He came out on the court to win. His volleys were great, he was mixing it up and his ground game was on too. Best of all, his ROS has gotten so much better. The crowd clearly loved him too. I am even more excited about his future.
Ok, so the line judge got it wrong. That was a bad miss. How they could miss something like that one. It was clearly in. I get the close ones, or maybe where the player blocks the judge, but you had none of this. Electronic line calling cannot get here quick enough.
 

Smurph

Rookie
Ok, so the line judge got it wrong. That was a bad miss. How they could miss something like that one. It was clearly in. I get the close ones, or maybe where the player blocks the judge, but you had none of this. Electronic line calling cannot get here quick enough.
they showed the line judge after this call and he looked to be about 75 years old. Oh my. Maybe big Kev was in his way.
 

raph6

Semi-Pro
Denis to play Davis Cup this week-end followed by 8 weeks of tournaments : St-Petersburg (250), Shenzhen (250), Tokyo (500), Shanghai (1000), Stockholm (250), Basel (500), Paris (1000) and Milan (exhibition).

Maybe a first ATP title this fall ? I'm hoping for a first match against Federer or Djokovic during this time also.
 

Max G.

Legend
Oof, very full schedule. I hope if he has a deep run then he takes the next week off, but I guess that's something to "worry" about if he has a deep run!

Davis Cup up next. Assuming he plays both singles matches (seems likely, he's Canada's #2 singles player) he'll have a chance to get revenge on Haase and what *should* be an easy second match against whoever the dutch #2 is (all candidates ranked out side the top 200). Raonic also has been looking good lately, so Canada definitely the favorite for this tie, both of their singles players are ranked ahead of anyone on the dutch team.
 

NuBas

Legend
Denis to play Davis Cup this week-end followed by 8 weeks of tournaments : St-Petersburg (250), Shenzhen (250), Tokyo (500), Shanghai (1000), Stockholm (250), Basel (500), Paris (1000) and Milan (exhibition).

Maybe a first ATP title this fall ? I'm hoping for a first match against Federer or Djokovic during this time also.
For some reason I always thought end of US Open is end of season and all other tournaments don't count as much.
 

Sparlingo

Hall of Fame
Denis to play Davis Cup this week-end followed by 8 weeks of tournaments : St-Petersburg (250), Shenzhen (250), Tokyo (500), Shanghai (1000), Stockholm (250), Basel (500), Paris (1000) and Milan (exhibition).

Maybe a first ATP title this fall ? I'm hoping for a first match against Federer or Djokovic during this time also.
Federer vs Shapovalov at Basel would be my hope.
 

Sparlingo

Hall of Fame
Oof, very full schedule. I hope if he has a deep run then he takes the next week off, but I guess that's something to "worry" about if he has a deep run!

Davis Cup up next. Assuming he plays both singles matches (seems likely, he's Canada's #2 singles player) he'll have a chance to get revenge on Haase and what *should* be an easy second match against whoever the dutch #2 is (all candidates ranked out side the top 200). Raonic also has been looking good lately, so Canada definitely the favorite for this tie, both of their singles players are ranked ahead of anyone on the dutch team.
I hope it's 3-1 Canada when the last match starts so that we get to see Felix
 

Smurph

Rookie
Hey Canadian Shapo fans: I will likely be unable to catch the Davis Cup matches this weekend, but I have a favor to ask. Could any viewers let me know if they see Mr. Laurendeau in the audience? I am curious to see if he makes it.


thanks so much.
Merci beaucoup.
 

raph6

Semi-Pro
Hey Canadian Shapo fans: I will likely be unable to catch the Davis Cup matches this weekend, but I have a favor to ask. Could any viewers let me know if they see Mr. Laurendeau in the audience? I am curious to see if he makes it.


thanks so much.
Merci beaucoup.
I'm not Canadian but as a long time fan of Shapo and Felix this interests me also. I will try to see if he is there.
 

Sparlingo

Hall of Fame
Hey Canadian Shapo fans: I will likely be unable to catch the Davis Cup matches this weekend, but I have a favor to ask. Could any viewers let me know if they see Mr. Laurendeau in the audience? I am curious to see if he makes it.


thanks so much.
Merci beaucoup.
I doubt he will be there as he was unceremoniously dropped as DC coach, and maybe as Shapo's coach too.
 

gogo

Legend
I doubt he will be there as he was unceremoniously dropped as DC coach, and maybe as Shapo's coach too.
I never thought of him as being 'unceremoniously dropped'. I presumed that it was because he had his hands full with Denis' burgeoning career. But I was surprised at the choice of Frank the Tank, a brand new father, and still on tour. So maybe there was something going on behind the scenes.
In any case, because it's none of my business, I would take Laurendeau over other Tennis Canada coaches. (I'm thinking of one in particular, who is partly responsible for guiding young Felix, and who didn't help another Canadian's career as much as I had hoped he would. Let's just say that I don't think coaching mental strength is his forte.)
 

Sparlingo

Hall of Fame
I never thought of him as being 'unceremoniously dropped'. I presumed that it was because he had his hands full with Denis' burgeoning career. But I was surprised at the choice of Frank the Tank, a brand new father, and still on tour. So maybe there was something going on behind the scenes.
In any case, because it's none of my business, I would take Laurendeau over other Tennis Canada coaches. (I'm thinking of one in particular, who is partly responsible for guiding young Felix, and who didn't help another Canadian's career as much as I had hoped he would. Let's just say that I don't think coaching mental strength is his forte.)
Yeah, I probably am being unfair to someone. I don't like how that DC decision came down because Nester was the logical choice to take over, a position he deserves having done so much for Canadian Tennis. I read that Nester said something like "hopefully I can become assistant coach or something with the Davis Cup. "
 

gogo

Legend
Yeah, I probably am being unfair to someone. I don't like how that DC decision came down because Nester was the logical choice to take over, a position he deserves having done so much for Canadian Tennis. I read that Nester said something like "hopefully I can become assistant coach or something with the Davis Cup. "
Interesting comment from Nestor. That guy has put in more than his dues! Almost 20 years of DC ties. Does that make him a great coach/team leader? I don't know. I hope it's not politics.
 

Sparlingo

Hall of Fame
Interesting comment from Nestor. That guy has put in more than his dues! Almost 20 years of DC ties. Does that make him a great coach/team leader? I don't know. I hope it's not politics.
Well, all the players would respect Nester, not that they wouldn't Dancevic, but he seems a little junior to me. There was some scuttlebug when Marty got dumped that it was a maneuver to give the spot to Dancevic before Nestor retired and got the post. Nester would be a first class coach having played more DC's than almost anyone in the world. IMHO.
 
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Smurph

Rookie
thanks for the gossip re: new Canadian Davis Cup captain. I didn't read anything except Marty said he was too busy with Denis and they named Frank.

I am not sure of when Nestor announced his retirement, but he sure has had a tough year. He seems to have a new partner every tournament and hasn't won much. Not sure if someone with a long career would make a better coach than someone like Frank D.
 

Joseph_K

Hall of Fame
Good to see that Milos Raonic easily defeated Thiemo De Bakker in straight sets in the first round of this weekend's Davis Cup tie. Hopefully Shapo can beat Robin Haase, who beat Shapo when they played each oher a few weeks ago at the Rogers Cup in Toronto.
 

gogo

Legend
Shapo playing without his chapeau in Davis Cup match...



Will it be like Sampson getting a haircut?
(chuckling, because I see that his tag is sticking out at the back of his headband.)
 

Smurph

Rookie
I LUV you Denis! I didn't give up on you tonight even though you came out nervous and you were wearing a stupid bad luck headband and even though Gene Simmons was there!

thanks for not giving up! LOVE YOU!
 

prairiegirl

Hall of Fame
I'm not Canadian but as a long time fan of Shapo and Felix this interests me also. I will try to see if he is there.
I watched Denis' match last night. A thriller in five sets. Amazing comeback by our fave guy. Marty was not there, and in an interview a few weeks ago, Denis said Marty wouldn't join him for the rest of the year.
 

Max G.

Legend
Not only did he come back from 2-0 sets down, he also came back from a break down in the fifth. Wow.

It's great that he seems to be good in 5-setters. He's only been on tour for a year and a half or so and his 5-set record is 3-2 now. He doesn't fade in long matches, and as he gets even more fit he'll be even better. That'll serve him well in some Grand Slams I'm sure.

Of course, it would be nice if he could straight-set guys like Haase ;) but pulling out wins is good too.
 

gogo

Legend
I watched Denis' match last night. A thriller in five sets. Amazing comeback by our fave guy. Marty was not there, and in an interview a few weeks ago, Denis said Marty wouldn't join him for the rest of the year.
Is it possible that it isn't a 'simple' back problem for Marty L.? We've all seen him with his sun-shielding protections. I hope that this doesn't imply a much more serious health issue.
 

Sparlingo

Hall of Fame
Of course, it would be nice if he could straight-set guys like Haase ;) but pulling out wins is good too.
That's not quite my takeaway from yesterday's match. The takeaway, for me, is that he ran into a player who has a particular style he had a hard time handling, and he made mid-match adjustments and regained control of the match. This is the first time I've seen this from Shapo. I think that match was a real breakthrough for Shapo. Look for a Shapo/Theim final next week in St Petersburg.
 

raph6

Semi-Pro
That's not quite my takeaway from yesterday's match. The takeaway, for me, is that he ran into a player who has a particular style he had a hard time handling, and he made mid-match adjustments and regained control of the match. This is the first time I've seen this from Shapo. I think that match was a real breakthrough for Shapo. Look for a Shapo/Theim final next week in St Petersburg.
I also think this could be the final. I really hope Shapo will get his first ATP title this fall.
 
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