🌀Davis Cup Article🌀
It's incredible,” Shapovalov said of the upcoming tie. “I've always dreamed of playing Davis Cup at home in Toronto. It's right there in my home city. “It's going to be something unique. I know there’s going to be a lot of people coming out for it. Hopefully we can stack up a good team. All of us are healthy and playing. It's going to be a lot of fun.” Shapovalov, who counts NHL side the Toronto Maple Leafs and NBA team the Toronto Raptors, amongst his favourite sports teams, is looking forward to the challenge of taking on the Dutch in a bid to secure Canada’s World Group status for 2019. “[Netherlands] are tough,” he said. “They have some tough players, but I think if we have our full team we definitely have a shot of winning it. Of course with the home court advantage, playing in Toronto, it's going to be pretty loud and pretty exciting.” Shapovalov came up against Netherlands’ leading man, Robin Haase, on tour earlier this year, battling to a three-set victory in Rome. As a result, he knows what to expect should they meet in September. “He's a really good player,” said Shapovalov. “He's really solid off the baseline, has got a really good first serve. I remember he would never give me any points off doubles or anything like that. “He's really solid. He doesn't give you an inch. It's going to be a tough match. I think if I play well, if I play aggressive against him, I'll definitely have a chance there. “Like I said, playing at home, it's always a huge advantage with the home crowd.” Both nations will be looking to bounce back from previous defeats in the tie, having each suffered 3-1 first round losses on away soil - Canada going down to Croatia and Netherlands losing to reigning champions France – in February.
Netherlands won their last contest, prevailing 4-1 in a World Group first round tie on home soil in Maastricht in 2004, but Canada won the previous two bouts in 1969 and 1990.