Sports All eyes on Denis Shapovalov as the new Canadian tennis star to watch: Cox

10:45  12 august  2017
10:45  12 august  2017 Source:   Toronto Star

Twitter reaction: Canada falls in love with Denis Shapovalov

  Twitter reaction: Canada falls in love with Denis Shapovalov Here is a look at some of the best social media reaction to Denis Shapovalov’s stunning Rogers Cup upset of Rafael Nadal.The 18-year-old Canadian upset world No. 2 Rafael Nadal in dramatic fashion in third-round action at the Rogers Cup Thursday night.

Canada ’s Denis Shapovalov defeated Spaniard Rafael Nadal Thursday night at the Rogers Cup in one of the country’s most significant tennis achievements ever. It’s the perfect time for a new Canadian star to announce his presence with authority.

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Shapovalov has a fearsome serve, a massive forehand, a flamboyant one-handed backhand and lots of nimbleness around the court. © PAUL CHIASSON / THE CANADIAN PRESS Shapovalov has a fearsome serve, a massive forehand, a flamboyant one-handed backhand and lots of nimbleness around the court.

That’s what we call a conversation changer.

The moment Denis Shapovalov ripped his final forehand winner past a helpless Rafael Nadal to defeat the Spaniard on Thursday night at Uniprix Stadium in one of Canada’s most significant tennis achievements ever, it altered many of the important discussion points on the sport in this country.

Denis Shapovalov: 5 things to know about rising star

  Denis Shapovalov: 5 things to know about rising star Canadian teen tennis sensation Denis Shapovalov had the biggest win of his young career on Thursday night when he upset top-seeded Spaniard Rafael Nadal in the round of 16 at the Rogers Cup. Here are five things to help Canadian tennis fans get to know the budding star a little better.

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Tennis . Denis Shapovalov says he is ashamed about losing his temper and hitting a ball that struck an official during a Davis Cup match last week. The 17-year-old, widely considered a rising star in Canadian tennis , was waiting to board a flight from Toronto to Montreal.

With the constantly-injured Milos Raonic seemingly stalled (albeit in the ATP’s top 10) and Eugenie Bouchard both plummeting in world rankings even further and complaining about the responsibilities of representing the Great White North, it was just about the perfect time for a new Canadian star to, in the immortal words of Ebby Calvin (Nuke) LaLoosh, announce his presence with authority.

Shapovalov did that at the Rogers Cup, blocking Nadal from returning to No. 1 in the world in a match that the Toronto native admitted he felt he had no chance of winning before it started.

He clinched the unthinkable come-from-behind victory by dramatically winning seven of the final eight points in the third set tiebreak, making himself the new focus of Canadian tennis at the tender age of 18. Raonic, now entering his prime at age 26, was never able to register a victory quite like that while a teenager. His biggest win so far probably came last year in the Wimbledon semifinals over Roger Federer.

Shapovalov's coach lauds teenager's cool

  Shapovalov's coach lauds teenager's cool Denis Shapovalov's coach wasn't surprised that the teenager was able to keep his head while upsetting a tennis legend on centre court at the Rogers Cup. Martin Laurendeau said Friday that he saw it a year ago when Shapovalov beat Australian star Nick Kyrgios in the Rogers Cup first round in Toronto and the 18-year-old's cool head was evident again this week with wins over 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro and former world No.1 Rafael Nadal."All the guys he's played up to, he takes it to them," said Laurendeau, who coaches Shapovalov and serves as Canada's Davis Cup captain.

In a crowd of bouncy, excited kids, there stood young Denis Shapovalov , staring up at Roger Federer. The fair-haired little boy from Richmond Hill, Ont., squirmed eagerly as the Swiss tennis star navigated through a hefty throng of fans at Toronto’s Rogers Cup, scribbling autographs.

New to tennis . When I was little and came to watch , I always wanted to play on the big-stage here so it’s definitely going to be a good time for me.” Previous Article Rising star Denis Shapovalov to make Rogers Cup debut.

But Raonic just can’t stay healthy for more than a few months at a time, and bombed out of this Rogers Cup early with a wrist problem. His health has been a significant part of the reason he’s so far not been able to win one of the big tournaments in his sport, either a Grand Slam event or a Masters-level tournament.

He’s still Canada’s best player, and still miles ahead of Shapovalov in the world rankings.

But the teenager is about to enter the top 100 with a bullet, and looks to be the next great thing in Canadian tennis. Vasek Pospisil has done great things at Davis Cup, won a Wimbledon doubles crown, at one point worked himself inside the top 30 and even played Raonic in the Rogers Cup semis four years ago, but he is no longer viewed as a anything but an occasional threat to the best singles players in the world.

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  Denis Shapovalov beats Mannarino to advance to Rogers Cup semifinals Denis Shapovalov’s improbable Rogers Cup run continued Friday night as the Canadian teenager beat Adrian Mannarino to advance to the semifinals. The 18-year-old from Richmond Hill, Ont., was coming off a second-round win over 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro and a thrilling three-set upset of top-seeded tennis legend Rafael Nadal in the Round of 16.

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Filip Peliwo, who won junior Wimbledon the same year Bouchard did, has been unable to get his career off the ground at all so far.

But Shapovalov, also a Wimbledon junior champ, surely has, beating Nick Kyrgios last year at the Rogers Cup and both Juan Martin del Potro and Nadal this year. He handled a disgraceful moment earlier this year in Ottawa fairly well — he struck a chair umpire in the eye with a ball while throwing a tantrum during a Davis Cup match and was disqualified — and showed up in Montreal with high profile supporters Wayne Gretzky and Penny Oleksiak in his box.

So Raonic is still our best. But Shapovalov, regardless of the conclusion to his Rogers Cup, is now the one everyone’s talking about.

Bouchard, meanwhile, really put a dark cloud over the proceedings earlier in the week when, after losing in the first round again, she whined about the “burden” of carrying the Canadian flag into competition. It did make you wonder for a moment. Do we put too much pressure on our few tennis stars? Has it really dragged her down, inhibited her selfie-taking?

Aggressive Federer cruises to semi-finals in Montreal

  Aggressive Federer cruises to semi-finals in Montreal Roger Federer reached the Rogers Cup semi-finals on Friday after coming to the net early and often in a straight sets victory over Roberto Bautista Agut on a windy day in Montreal.World number three Federer, who faces Dutchman Robin Haase in the last four, was never seriously pushed by Spain's Bautista Agut, who is winless in seven matches against the Swiss maestro.

Video. Watch SN NOW. NHL Highlights. Denis Shapovalov of Canada is set to make his Wimbledon debut this week. (Nathan Denette/CP). "Queen’s was one of the best weeks of my tennis career," Shapovalov says.

Watch | Denis Shapovalov smashes ball into umpire's face during Davis Cup. 00:34. Simon Briggs, Tennis Correspondent , in Ottawa, video source ITFL. The Canadian captain, Martin Laurendeau, said he would have no issue with picking Shapovalov in the future.

Then Shapovalov arrived to utterly dismiss that kind of talk. Burden? That kid looked like he could have floated out of the stadium, and other star Canadian athletes surely noticed.

Without mentioning Bouchard by name, former Canadian national hockey team superstar Hayley Wickenheiser tweeted, “Great match @denis_shapo!! See, it’s not a burden it’s a wave of Canadian energy pushing you from behind! Go for it! #rogerscup #Shapovalov”

Sounds like something Gretzky would say. Or tweet, if he was a tweeter.

Shapovalov clearly has the fire Bouchard once did back in the days she would put temporary tattoos of Canadian flags on her face when she competed in Fed Cup. To be fair to her, we’ll see how he feels about things in another five years. Tennis can be a lonely sport, and she clearly feels very alone these days.

Not Shapovalov. Indeed, while he tries to catch up to Raonic, he’s staying in the basement of buddy Felix Auger-Aliassime, a 17-year-old Montrealer who won the junior boys title at the U.S. Open last fall and the doubles, too, with Shapovalov as his partner. Both have come through the Tennis Canada development system, evidence that it is working to produce top talent.

Indeed, there are more than a few who believe Auger-Aliassime might be even better than Shapovalov has already proven to be. We’ll see about that.

Denis Shapovalov says he doesn't remember taking that photo with Rafael Nadal

  Denis Shapovalov says he doesn't remember taking that photo with Rafael Nadal Denis Shapovalov says he doesn't remember taking that photo with Rafael Nadal By now, you may have seen the photo circulating of a pint-sized Denis Shapovalov, Canada's newest tennis darling, posing with Rafael Nadal, whom he beat Thursday night during Rogers Cup action in Montreal.In case you haven't though, here it is in all its glory. It appears to have been taken at the Rogers Cup nine years ago, when Shapovalov, in the red baseball cap, was nine years old.

Canada 's teenage star Denis Shapovalov wrote his name into the competition's 117-year history by handing a 3-2 victory to Denis Shapovalov was defaulted after hitting the umpire in the face with the tennis ball. After Gabas was hit in the eye , the tie was defaulted meaning Britain beat Canada 3-2.

Canadian tennis player Denis Shapovalov apologized on his Twitter account Monday after he hit the umpire in the eye with a ball. Ottawa. Montreal. New Brunswick. Prince Edward Island. Nova Scotia.

What we do know is Shapovalov looks to have a more complete game than Raonic did at the same age, with a fearsome serve, a massive forehand, a flamboyant one-handed backhand and lots of nimbleness around the court. The volleying needs work, and he’s in the process of adding a slice backhand. Being a lefty, meanwhile, still comes with its advantages on tour. Just ask Nadal.

Raonic has been able to rise into the top 10 with his monster serve and by working as hard as anybody in the sport to address his vulnerabilities, both through tireless effort and by assembling a top-notch team around him. And still, the top titles have proven elusive.

So Shapovalov still has lots and lots of miles to go. But he’s flashy and exciting, perhaps the most exciting and outwardly passionate player Canadian tennis has produced. That personality ignited that fiasco in Ottawa earlier this year. The umpire suffered a fractured eye socket, but Shapovalov apologized publicly for his conduct and privately to the umpire, paid his $7,000 fine and has moved on. He needs to make sure that temper stays in check.

The tennis world in general was watching his win over Nadal, and so was Canada. All eyes are now squarely on Shapovalov as the one to watch.

Raonic still has the ranking and that incredible serve.

But Shapovalov clearly has our undivided attention.

Damien Cox is the co-host of Prime Time Sports on Sportsnet 590 The FAN. He spent nearly 30 years covering a variety of sports for The Star. Follow him @DamoSpin. His column appears Tuesday and Saturday.

Denis Shapovalov rockets up world rankings after Rogers Cup .
An unexpected run to the semifinals of the Rogers Cup has rocketed Canada’s newest tennis star up the world rankings. Denis Shapovalov improved from 143rd to 67th in Monday’s updated ATP singles rankings. The 18-year-old left-hander from Richmond Hill, Ont., introduced himself to Canada last week with an exhilarating performance at the Rogers Cup in Montreal that included a victory over top-seeded Spanish legend Rafael Nadal. The Canadian lost to fourth-seeded German Alexander Zverev in Saturday’s semifinals but still pocketed a cool US$220,760 in prize money.

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