93 Facts About Denis Shapovalov

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Denis Viktorovich Shapovalov is a Canadian professional tennis player.

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Denis Shapovalov has been ranked as high as world No 10 in singles by the Association of Tennis Professionals which he first achieved in September 2020.

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Denis Shapovalov is the third highest-ranked Canadian male player in history behind Felix Auger-Aliassime and Milos Raonic .

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Denis Shapovalov has won one ATP Tour singles title and produced his best Grand Slam performance at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships, where he reached the semifinals.

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Denis Shapovalov has a career-high doubles ranking of world No 44, which he attained in February 2020.

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Denis Shapovalov won two junior Grand Slam titles, his first being the doubles title at the 2015 US Open with Auger-Aliassime and his second being the singles title at the 2016 Wimbledon Championships.

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The next year, Denis Shapovalov continued his success with a second Masters semifinal appearance at the 2018 Madrid Open and ended the year ranked inside the top 30, making him the youngest player in the group.

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In 2019, Denis Shapovalov won his first ATP title at the 2019 Stockholm Open and made his first Masters finals appearance at the 2019 Paris Masters, after which he ended the year ranked No 15.

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For 2020, Denis Shapovalov reached his maiden Grand Slam quarterfinal at the 2020 US Open and his fourth Masters semifinal at the 2020 Italian Open, taking him to his career-high ranking of world No 10.

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Left-handed player with a one-handed backhand, Denis Shapovalov plays an aggressive, high-risk ground game and has some of the strongest groundstrokes on the tour, complemented by his powerful forehand and serve.

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Denis Shapovalov often plays serve-and-volley to quickly end points, which has rewarded him on faster surfaces.

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Denis Viktorovich Shapovalov was born on 15 April 1999 in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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Denis Shapovalov's mother, Tessa Shapovalova, was a tennis player and played for the Soviet national tennis team.

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Denis Shapovalov's moved from the Soviet Union to Tel Aviv with Denis' father, Viktor Shapovalov, when the Soviet Union was collapsing.

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Denis Shapovalov's mother is Jewish, while his father is an Orthodox Christian.

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Denis Shapovalov has one sibling, an older brother named Evgeniy, who was born in Israel.

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Denis Shapovalov started playing tennis at the Richmond Hill Country Club, where his mother got a job as a coach two weeks after arriving in Toronto from Tel Aviv.

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Denis Shapovalov began playing tennis at age 5, and quickly became obsessed with the game.

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Denis Shapovalov gave his first interview in Russian to Russian Eurosport commentators.

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When Denis Shapovalov was 13, his training needs were too much for his mother to handle on her own.

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In October 2013, Denis Shapovalov won his first junior singles title at the ITF G5 in Burlington, Ontario.

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Denis Shapovalov captured his second singles title in April 2014 at the ITF G5 in Burlington.

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In July 2014, Denis Shapovalov won the singles and doubles titles at the ITF G4 in San Jose.

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In late November 2015, Denis Shapovalov won his first professional doubles title at the ITF Futures in Pensacola.

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In July 2016, Denis Shapovalov was awarded a wildcard for the tournament in Washington, his first ATP main draw appearance.

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Denis Shapovalov then was awarded a wildcard for the 2016 Rogers Cup the next week.

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Denis Shapovalov was defeated by No 40 Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets in the next round.

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In February 2017, Denis Shapovalov was selected to play for the Canada Davis Cup team in the World Group 1st round tie against Great Britain, and lost his opener to Dan Evans.

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Denis Shapovalov was defeated by Jerzy Janowicz in the opening round.

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Denis Shapovalov went on to defeat world No 42 Adrian Mannarino in the quarterfinals before bowing out to world No 8 Alexander Zverev in the semifinals, thus becoming the youngest player ever to reach an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semifinal.

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Denis Shapovalov reached the fourth round by defeating Kyle Edmund in four sets, becoming the youngest player to reach the fourth round since Michael Chang in 1989.

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Denis Shapovalov was defeated by world No 19 Pablo Carreno Busta in the fourth round, after which he reached his career-high ATP ranking of world No 51 on 11 September 2017.

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Denis Shapovalov lost in the first round of the Paris Masters two weeks later to Julien Benneteau.

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Denis Shapovalov began his 2018 season at the Brisbane International, where he lost in the first round in both singles, to Kyle Edmund, and doubles, to eventual winners Henri Kontinen and John Peers.

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Denis Shapovalov then made his debut at the Delray Beach Open where he reached the semifinals.

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Denis Shapovalov defeated Ivo Karlovic, Jared Donaldson, and Taylor Fritz in the first three rounds, before falling to eventual champion Frances Tiafoe.

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The next week at the Mexican Open, Denis Shapovalov defeated former world No 4 Kei Nishikori in three sets in the first round but lost to world No 6 Dominic Thiem in the second round.

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Denis Shapovalov lost however to 30th seed Pablo Cuevas in the second round.

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Denis Shapovalov started off his maiden clay court season at the Monte-Carlo Masters, where he lost in straight sets to qualifier Stefanos Tsitsipas in the first round.

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Denis Shapovalov then defeated Kyle Edmund to become the youngest semifinalist in Madrid Open history.

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Denis Shapovalov subsequently lost in straight sets to world No 3 and eventual champion Alexander Zverev.

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Denis Shapovalov became the youngest top-30 player since Richard Gasquet in 2005.

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The following week at the Italian Open, Denis Shapovalov beat Tomas Berdych in three sets and Robin Haase in three sets to set up a rematch with Rafael Nadal in the third round.

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Denis Shapovalov continued the momentum at the French Open defeating John Millman in straight sets in the first round, but lost to Maximilian Marterer in the next round.

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Denis Shapovalov next entered the Stuttgart Open, his first tournament of the season on grass, but lost in the first round to qualifier Prajnesh Gunneswaran.

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Denis Shapovalov started the 2018 North American summer hard court swing leading up to the US Open seeded 9th at the Citi Open in Washington, DC, where he defeated Daniil Medvedev before losing to 7th seed Kei Nishikori in the quarterfinals.

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The following week Denis Shapovalov returned home to Toronto and the Rogers Cup, the tournament where he experienced his 2017 ATP World Tour semifinal breakthrough.

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Denis Shapovalov handily defeated Jeremy Chardy and fiery Italian Fabio Fognini in straight sets, before being knocked out of his home tournament in the Round of 16 by Robin Haase.

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Denis Shapovalov then defeated Andreas Seppi in a five-set marathon in the next round, but then fell in the round of 32 to 5th seed Kevin Anderson in another five-set match that lasted close to four hours.

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Denis Shapovalov began his 2019 season at the Auckland Open, where seeded seventh, he was defeated by Joao Sousa in three sets.

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Denis Shapovalov was knocked out in the quarterfinals of the Rotterdam Open, but was able to defeat perennial Top-10 player Tomas Berdych before being defeated by former champion Stan Wawrinka.

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Denis Shapovalov defeated former U S Open champion Marin Cilic before being stopped by Hubert Hurkacz in the Round of 16.

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On 20 October 2019, Denis Shapovalov won his first ATP title at the Stockholm Open, defeating Filip Krajinovic in straight sets.

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At the Paris Masters, the tour's final tournament of the year, Denis Shapovalov secured a top 20 year-end finish after beating Gilles Simon, Fabio Fognini, Alexander Zverev, and Gael Monfils to reach the semifinals.

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Denis Shapovalov finished the season at a career-high ranking of number 15.

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Shapovalov began his 2020 at the ATP Cup in Brisbane, where he was the No 1 player for Team Canada and pit against the Greek, Australian, and German teams in Group F In his first match, Shapovalov beat Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight tiebreak sets.

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Denis Shapovalov concluded the year's Australian swing as the thirteenth seed at the Australian Open, but he suffered a disappointing exit in the first round at the hands of Marton Fucsovics in four sets.

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Denis Shapovalov faced Pospisil in his first match there in the second round, but lost in straight sets.

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Denis Shapovalov entered the Open 13 next as the fourth seed and snapped his three-match losing streak after fending off Marin Cilic in three sets in the second round to reach the quarterfinals and join Auger-Aliassime and Pospisil, making it the first time three Canadian men had reached the quarterfinals of an ATP Tour tournament together since 1990.

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Denis Shapovalov fought off Sebastian Korda in the first round and Kwon Soon-woo in the second round, both in four sets.

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Denis Shapovalov then closed the fourth set and the match by breaking Goffin's serve on match point to reach his first major quarterfinal.

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Denis Shapovalov played the doubles tournament with Bopanna and the pair made the quarterfinals after notching an upset win over top seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah.

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Denis Shapovalov closed out the year's clay swing with his third bid at a major in the year at the French Open by defeating Gilles Simon in four sets in the first round, but losing to Roberto Carballes Baena in the second round in five sets after twice serving for the match.

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Denis Shapovalov started his season at the ATP Cup, where he lost to Serbia's Novak Djokovic and to Germany's Alexander Zverev.

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Denis Shapovalov entered the Estoril Open as the top seed, but lost to Corentin Moutet in his first match.

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Denis Shapovalov's struggles continued in Madrid when he lost to Alexander Bublik in the second round after hitting fourteen double faults, and in Rome after he lost to Rafael Nadal in the third round, despite holding two match points.

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Denis Shapovalov issued a statement the following day, announcing his withdrawal from the French Open due to his lingering shoulder injury.

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Denis Shapovalov then defeated Andy Murray and eighth seed Roberto Bautista Agut, both in straight sets, to reach his first Wimbledon quarterfinal.

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Denis Shapovalov instead entered the Swiss Open as the top seed, but was upset by qualifier Vit Kopriva in his first match there.

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Denis Shapovalov faced consecutive setbacks as he embarked on the North American hard court swing.

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Denis Shapovalov lost his opening matches at both the Canadian Open and the Cincinnati Masters, to Frances Tiafoe and Benoit Paire respectively.

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Denis Shapovalov entered the inaugural San Diego Open as the fourth seed, defeating Taylor Fritz before a straight-sets loss to Norrie in the quarterfinals.

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Denis Shapovalov reached his second final of the year following wins over Andrea Vavassori, Arthur Rinderknech, and Auger-Aliassime.

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At the Australian Open, Denis Shapovalov defeated Laslo Ðere, Kwon Soon-woo, and Reilly Opelka to reach the fourth round, where he upset third seed Alexander Zverev in straight sets to reach his first-ever Australian Open quarterfinal.

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At the 2022 Qatar Open, Denis Shapovalov lost in straight sets to Arthur Rinderknech at the quarterfinals.

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Denis Shapovalov reached the semifinals of the 2022 Dubai Tennis Championships but lost to Jiri Vesely in an epic three setter.

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Denis Shapovalov was then knocked out by Reilly Opelka in the third round of the 2022 Indian Wells Masters.

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Denis Shapovalov was ousted by Lloyd Harris in the first round of the 2022 Miami Open.

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At Wimbledon, Denis Shapovalov lost in the second round to Brandon Nakashima in four sets.

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At the Cincinnati Masters, Denis Shapovalov lost in the third round to world No 1 Daniil Medvedev in a tough match featuring a ninth game lasting nine minutes 42 seconds.

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Denis Shapovalov often plays serve-and-volley, particularly on quick surfaces, in a bid to catch his opponent off-guard and quickly close points.

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However, due to the aggressive overall nature of his style of play, in addition to making many winners, Denis Shapovalov is known to produce a similarly high amount of unforced errors in matches.

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Denis Shapovalov developed his one-handed backhand at the age of six and his net instincts all under her direction.

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That same month, Denis Shapovalov reunited with his junior coach, Adriano Fuorivia, who had coached him to his 2016 Wimbledon boys' singles title.

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Former world No 8 Mikhail Youzhny was added to the coaching team as Denis Shapovalov's new "shot selection" coach in August 2019 at the 2019 Winston-Salem Open.

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Youzhny helped Denis Shapovalov develop his backhand slice, among other adjustments.

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Denis Shapovalov ended his association with Delgado after the Italian Open in 2022, opting to go with frequent Davis Cup teammate Peter Polansky as a full-time coach after Polansky initially joined Denis Shapovalov's coaching team on a temporary basis.

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Denis Shapovalov is sponsored by Nike for his apparel and footwear and was the face of the company's 2018 US Open collection along with Sloane Stephens.

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Denis Shapovalov has been sponsored by BioSteel Sports Nutrition since 2016 and has been a brand ambassador for TAG Heuer since 2017.

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Denis Shapovalov has been in a relationship with Swedish tennis player Mirjam Bjorklund since June 26th 2019.

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At the 2019 Indian Wells Masters, Denis Shapovalov first debuted a sample of a rap he had quickly written before his third-round match after agreeing to the stadium emcee's request that he perform it for the crowd were he to win.

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In 2020, during the suspension of professional tennis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Denis Shapovalov began writing and experimenting with lyrics to record and he constructed his own in-home studio to produce his music.

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The following month, Denis Shapovalov released his second single, "Drip, " a French-English track that features French tennis player Corentin Moutet and shares the same themes as his debut track of the continuing work that goes into making his tennis dreams come true.

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