The young professional clenches his fist. The gesture stands for power, drive, spin and emotions. All these attributes fit the Canadian Denis Shapovalov (picture), who will appear on Monday in place of the world number one, Rafael Nadal, as part of the prime time «Super Monday» at the St. Jakobshalle, following the concert by the Scottish singer, Amy Macdonald. Tennis fans will again be able to experience a talented player’s Swiss premiere. For more than 40 years, Basel has repeatedly served as a springboard for talents who would go on to reach the pinnacle of world tennis. Of course, there is also a risk when the lefthander Shapovalov unleashes his full power. Perhaps the 18-year-old’s nerves will fail him. However, a player able to grab stars like Nadal or Del Potro by the scruff of their necks on the tennis court has a genuine talent. The ATP number 50’s Russian parents emigrated to Israel after the collapse of the Soviet Union, later moving on to Canada. In this country, there is a long tradition of importing talent: one need only think of the player Milos Raonic, who originates from Bosnia & Herzegovina. Earlier, there was Greg Rusedski, whose powerful serve put Canada in the headlines. Later he would go on to play for Great Britain. Should Shapovalov perform well, he may come up against Basel’s perennial master, Roger Federer.