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Breaking down Shapovalov’s historic summer

Sep 04, 2017
written by: Kristina Borojevic
written by: Kristina Borojevic

It’s Shapo’s world and we’re just living in it.

With his magical run in the Big Apple coming to an end, we breakdown the historic accomplishments Denis Shapovalov achieved this past summer.

Major upset

Dating back to his first Rogers Cup appearance in 2016, Shapovalov has defeated six Top 50 players: Nick Kyrgios, Kyle Edmund (x2), Juan Martin del Potro, Rafael Nadal, Adrian Mannarino, and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

His summer form made analysts, such as Brad Gilbert and John McEnroe, believe Shapovalov could win the US Open. If Shapovalov did win the US Open, he would be the first qualifier in history to win a Grand Slam. He would have also been the youngest Grand Slam champion since Rafael Nadal won Roland Garros in 2005.

Thriving in the third

By making the third round at the US Open, Shapovalov became the youngest man since Donald Young (USA) in 2007 to appear in the third round in New York.

Shapovalov also became the youngest man to appear in the third round at any Major since Bernard Tomic (AUS) at the 2011 Australian Open.

Youngest player to…

Denis Shapovalov achieved a lot of “firsts” this summer but he also became the youngest man to accomplish a handful of feats.

After coming back from a set down to defeat top seed Rafael Nadal in Montreal, Shapovalov became the youngest man to defeat Nadal in a Masters 1000 event and second youngest man to ever beat the 15-time Major champion.

In New York, Shapovalov became the youngest man to reach the fourth round at the US Open since Michael Chang in 1989. He was also the youngest man to reach the fourth round at any Major since Marin Safin at Roland Garros in 1998.

Shapovalov and fellow ATP Next Gen star Andrey Rublev also made joint history at the US Open by becoming the first pair of teenagers to advance to the third round of a Major since 2007.

With his rapid rise up the rankings, Shapovalov, at 18-years-old, is the youngest man inside the ATP Top 100.

Bonus: Racing up the rankings

Denis Shapovalov began the 2017 season at a Challenger event in Australia. He was ranked 250 in the ATP rankings.

After winning two Challenger titles in Drummondville and Gatineau, making his first Grand Slam main draw appearance at Wimbledon, enjoying a run to the Coupe Rogers semifinals, qualifying for the US Open and appearing in the fourth round in New York, Shapovalov is projected to be no. 51 when the rankings are released on September 11. He holds a 18-3 record since Wimbledon.

To put this rapid rise in perspective, Shapovalov said his goal for the 2017 season was to finish inside the Top 150. A year-end ranking inside the Top 50 is very achievable for the Canadian now.

 

Shapovalov is now preparing to represent Canada in Davis Cup against India. The tie will take place at Northlands Coliseum in Edmonton, Alberta, from September 15-17. Click here for your tickets.