03.12.2019 - 21:39 Uhr
Denis Shapovalov will join Felix Auger-Aliassime, Steven Diez, Peter Polansky and Adil Shamasdin on Team Canada at the inaugural ATP Cup, held in Australia from 3-12 January. Canada will be competing in Group F in Brisbane, facing Germany, Greece and Australia.The 20-year-old sits at a career-high No. 15 in the ATP Rankings after a season in which he won his maiden ATP Tour title in Stockholm (d. Krajinovic), reached his first ATP Masters 1000 final in Paris (l. to Djokovic) and made the semi-finals at the Masters 1000 event in Miami. Shapovalov spoke to ATPTour.com about his fellow Canadians on Tour and why he enjoys being part of a team.How much fun is it for you playing as part of a team?It’s so much fun. From the moment I picked up a racquet, I was always watching team events like this. I’ve always wanted to represent my country in a team environment. It’s a different kind of atmosphere and a different kind of competition. We don’t get to play on a team too much and it’s usually pretty independent, so any time you get to have that bond and represent your country is awesome.How important is it for an individual sport like tennis to hold team events like the ATP Cup?I think it’s great to have an event like this, especially at the start of the year... you get to bond with the other guys, as well as the teams from other countries. It’s exciting to have another competition where you get to represent your country. You’re guaranteed matches [with the format] and don’t have to worry about getting them in before a Grand Slam. The year is just starting, so you can find your balance and work on a couple of things. It’s absolutely perfect.Who is the funniest player from your country and why?I think everyone would say Daniel Nestor. He’s a great guy and really fun in the locker room. He’s always chirping everyone on the court. You either love it or you don’t, but I’m a guy who always loved to have him around. Do you have any great memories of you and your teammates when you were young?The biggest memory was winning Junior Davis Cup with Felix and Benjamin Sigouin [in 2015]. We were going through it in the locker room, saying how great it was and how we put our hearts on the line the whole week. We were hoping that one day we could do it one day at the pro level... It’s been an unbelievable ride.If you could build the perfect player using different strokes from other Canadians, who would you pick?I’d take Milos Raonic’s serve, Nestor’s volleys, Vasek Pospisil’s returns and Felix’s backhand or his physique since he’s so strong and fast. Which countrymen did you watch growing up and what did you admire about them?I watched Vasek a lot. I really liked the way he was on court and how it seemed like he was always enjoying himself. He was always really committed to Canada. He’s a guy that I look up to and aspire to be one day.



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After winning eight consecutive matches from qualifying to collect his third ATP Challenger Tour title of the year in Nottingham, Nick Kyrgios walked through the gates of the All England Club for the first time in 2014 with plenty of confidence.The 19-year-old wild card picked up his first Wimbledon victory against Stephane Robert in four sets to book a second-round clash with World No. 14 Richard Gasquet. It was in that match, on No. 2 Court, that Kyrgios claimed his maiden Top 50 victory in dramatic fashion.Gasquet, a semi-finalist at SW19 in 2007, also entered the contest in impressive form. In the previous week, the Frenchman finished as a runner-up in Eastbourne. To reach the second round at Wimbledon, Gasquet had to recover from two-sets-to-one down against James Duckworth.[COACHES]After dropping the opening two sets, Kyrgios saved four match points with powerful serving and bravery on his forehand side to frustrate his opponent. When facing his fifth match point, the Australian appeared to have lost the match after serving a double fault. Fortunately for Kyrgios, his Hawk-Eye challenge proved his daring second serve had clipped the back of the line.''Obviously the challenge kept me in it,'' said Kyrgios. ''The serve was in. It was a bit unlucky to be called out."After saving a total of nine match points, Kyrgios fought his way to a 3-6, 6-7(4), 6-4, 7-5, 10-8 triumph after three hours and 53 minutes. The World No. 144 completed the upset with a love service hold, firing his 21st ace of the match to reach the third round at a Grand Slam for the first time.“I played some unbelievable tennis today... I think it’s a massive stepping stone for me to finally reach the third round of a Grand Slam. It can be a bridge for more things to come," said Kyrgios.[ATP APP]Following his win against Gasquet, Kyrgios continued to prove his talent to his growing fanbase at the grass-court Grand Slam championship. The Canberra native recovered from a set down to beat Jiri Vesely in the third round, before stunning two-time champion Rafael Nadal in four sets to book his place in the quarter-finals. At that stage, the Aussie was beaten by World No. 9 Milos Raonic in a fourth-set tie-break.One year later, Gasquet gained his revenge against Kyrgios at Wimbledon. The pair met in the Round of 16, with Gasquet claiming a 7-5, 6-1, 6-7(7), 7-6(6) win. The Frenchman went on to reach his second Wimbledon semi-final, where he fell to eventual champion Novak Djokovic.

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