Denis Shapovalov hopes a return to the Californian desert this week for the BNP Paribas Open will ship the late-season revival he wants as he pursues a maiden Nitto ATP Finals berth in 2021.
Presently at No. 15 Inside the FedEx ATP Race To Turin, the 22-yr-previous nonetheless hpreviouss An outdoors probability at touchdown A spot Inside the elite eight-participant area. However since his breakby way of run to a maiden Grand Slam semi-final at Wimbledon in July, when he examined eventual champion Novak Djokovic, it has not been completely clear crusing as he compiled a 3-6 doc on exhausting courtrooms.
A third-spherical departure to Lloyd Harris On the US Open preceded a straight-models dismissal to Daniil Medvedev in his sole Laver Cup singles match for Group World. He scored a win over Taylor Fritz On the San Diego Open final week earlier than he fell to eventual finalist Cameron Norrie Inside the quarter-finals.
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“It is undoubtedly good to be again at Indian Wells. Clearly, Barely bit completely different having fun with it in October However it’s undoubtedly good to nonetheless be Inside the States all by way of this An factor of the season – undoubtedly a lot nearer to journey to,” Shapovalov said. “[It’s] actually scorching circumstances, which I really feel can go well with my recreation, [so I’m] wanting forward to the event.”
A strong displaying On the Sunshine Double in 2019 proved the launch pad to Definitely one of Shapovalov’s profession-biggest seasons. The Canadian hpreviouss a 3-2 doc Inside the desert, beating Eleventh seed Marin Cilic To Obtain the spherical of 16 in 2019 earlier than falling to then No. 67 Hubert Hurkacz in three models.
At the Miami Open that month, Shapovalov beat Stefanos Tsitsipas and Frances Tiafoe en Path to the semi-finals, wright here he misplaced to eventual champion Roger Federer. It was a run that elevated him into The very biggest 20 for The primary time and he went on To finish the season at No. 15.
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“It’s been A wright hereas since That Time physique. It is Barely bit bizarre being again right here as a Outcome of it’s Sort of wright here every thing started,” Shapovalov said. “Definitely, I really feel like A completely completely different participant coming into the event this yr, for constructive, Much extra expertise, Much extra relaxed on the courtroom.
“I even have been by way of the journey A pair of events now so I do know precisely What to anticipate from myself and general Proud of The biggest method I even have been In a place to develop since every thing Sort of shut down [Because of pandemic].”
Seeded ninth, Shapovalov will open in the direction of compatriot Vasek Pospisil or American J.J. Wolf following a bye. This week, he additionally reprises his doubles partnership with Rohan Bopanna with hopes of beating his countryman Felix Auger-Aliassime and Hurkacz first up. In 2019, the duo upset Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares earlier than Novak Djokovic and Fabio Fognini prevailed in a match tie-break.