He does not lift his head. The Wimbledon semifinal marked a before and after in Denis Shapovalov’s season. Since that great performance, the Canadian has played six tournaments and in none of them managed to overcome the third round.
He is one of the most talented players on the circuit. Of that there are no doubts. His elegance in the assembly of the blows and the speed that he injects into each ball generates danger in any opponent. However, the Canadian, after reaching the semifinals in the major Londoner (he fell in a great game with Novak Djokovic), has accumulated painful and early defeats in different tournaments.
This time he said goodbye at the third round of the Indian Wells Masters 1000 at the hands of Aslan Karatsev (23rd). The Russian eliminated him after a solid 7-5 and 6-2 in less than two hours of play and deepened the bad moment of “Shapo”, who in California obtained bye in the first round and beat his compatriot Vasek Pospisil 3-0 and retired in the second instance.
Since the aforementioned semifinal, the 13th in the world fell on the first wheel of Gstaad (vs. Kopriva), Toronto (Tiafoe) and Cincinnati (Paire); said goodbye in the third round of the US Open (Harris); and also suffered a rapid ATP 250 second round loss to San Diego (Norrie).
In this way, Shapovalov accumulates 26 wins and 21 losses in the season, and since Wimbledon, he has six falls and four wins.