Denis Shapovalov was the youngest player to enter the top 10 world rankings in 2018. When he accomplished this feat, he also became only the second player from the country of Canada to break into the top 10. The first tennis player to notch up this feat was Milos Raonic.
And Shapovalov has further built on the promise shown at the time; he would go on to win the Stockholm Open in 2019.
That remains his only title till date, but it hasn’t been that way for a lack of trying. He’s finished as a runner-up in other tournaments four times.
And while he has not won a Grand Slam so far, he is the first player from Canada to reach the quarter-finals of the US Open.
He did this in 2020 and this would be his best Grand Slam showing until Wimbledon 2021. There he made it to the semi-finals of the grass court Grand Slam.
This run included a massive win against two-time champion Andy Murray. It served as further proof that, on his day, Shapovalov can outdo even the best in the business.
With the 2022 season now looming in the horizon, Shapovalov is in a decent place regarding his ranking and overall career. But he will be keen to push on both in Grand Slams and ATP events in the coming year.
Denis Shapovalov is currently ranked 14th in the world. It is a bit of a drop from his 10th place ranking that is an all-time high for him.
It didn’t help that 2021 was something of a mixed bag for Shapovalov. After making the top 10 of the rankings in 2020, experts felt he could take the next step in 2021.
However, that wasn’t exactly the case for him. He made it to the finals of two ATP 250 tournaments but lost in both of them. Thus, he ended the year without having won a single title.
To make things worse, he developed an unfortunate knack of losing to players lower in the rankings than him. After Wimbledon, he lost in the first round of three straight events to lower-ranked players.
However, the season did have some high points, the most notable of those being at Wimbledon. He made it to the semi-finals before losing in straight sets to Novak Djokovic.
But he got some notable scalps along the way, including two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray. Shapovalov beat the Scotsman in the third round.
He subsequently went on to beat Roberto Bautista Agut and Karen Khachanov before the loss to Djokovic in the final four.
According to his official ATP profile, he stands at 1.85m, or 6 feet and one inch. He weighs 165 lbs, or 75 kg. He plays left-handed and his best shot is a backhand with top-spin.
Shapalov can also dominate with his serve that has both power and accuracy. This ensures he is tough to beat when on serve.
He is also very quick on his feet and his on-court movement is both sharp and smart. His stamina ensures that opponents will struggle to wear him down.