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24

Oct

2017

Shapovalov – wonders take a little longer

In men’s tennis, champions don’t fall from the sky, even when they are as talented as Denis Shapovalov. At his Swiss premiere, the 18-year-old Canadian had to work for a good two hours on Super Monday for his three-set victory over the Japanese player Yuichi Sugita. The difference between the juniors and adults is already striking, the Canadian says. At the higher level, far fewer mistakes are made. Above all in the first set he committed a few junior-style errors, but now and again his class shone through. Wonders after all take a little longer in tennis. The youngster with Russian roots is in many aspects similar to the Swiss ice hockey star Nico Hischier, who in the summer was number one in the entry draft for the NHL. Now the young man from the Swiss canton of Valais has to prove himself on the rink with the New Jersey Devils, just like Shapovalov, who now needs to find his way in Europe not least in indoor tennis after having mostly played in the open air overseas. The lefthander says he still needs to spend hundreds of hours in training in order to move forward, and implied that he was not lacking in clarity about the situation in tennis.

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