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MOST RECENT

•THE BEGINNING•
This post is inspired by @ciaenergia (:
For me, it has always been either Fed or Nadal. Federer wins slams. Nadal wins slams. The two of them have always been the ones to route for, the “fan favorites”. No one else even came close to touching them for a long time. So when Nadal walked into the court on August 10th, preparing for the 3rd round of the ATP Masters 1000 tournament in Montreal, playing some teenager named Denis Shapovalov, I thought that this match would be the same. Nadal in two easy sets, maybe close sets if this Denis Shapovalov was on his game. However- there was one thing I was not suspecting... shapovalov would pull off the upset.
While watching the match, I was fascinated by this teenager’s style of play. Leftie. Wicked forehand. Beautiful backhand and a bullet of a serve. Long blond hair and a hat that was way too big for his head. Hitting way bigger than it looked like he could. The ability to hit winners from impossible positions. Of the back foot. From 6 feet behind the baseline. Running cross court for a shot that would be an easy winner- usually. But no. He got to everything, moving around the court like a cloud. It was almost as if he was taking the laws of tennis- Nadal never looses- and rewriting them, pushing Nadal around the court like a rag doll with impossible angles. Side to side to side to side. Corner to corner. And then a passing shot down the line.
At that moment, I knew that this new player had captured my tennis heart. I knew that they would be my new favorite player, my new “Federer and Nadal”. The new player that I would cheer for during the Australian open at 3:00 in the morning.
I never thought that I would be creating a fan page for anyone, much less a person who I only came to know of 8 months ago.
But here I am. Because a star was born on August 10th. A new tennis star. The next big thing. The next winner of slams. The future.
And I know it is in good hands.
@denis.shapovalov @denis.shapovalov #denisshapovalov #shapovalov #shapo #shapofam #dontstopfighting #tennis #atpworldtour #nextgenatp #teamshapo

• M Y S H A P O M O M E N T •
Inspired by the lovely @ciaenergia’s post...
The day Denis played for his Jr. Wimbledon title, I was actually watching another Canadian try to win a grand slam title against Andy Murray: Milos Raonic. Little did I know later how much I would fall in love with the game of a 17-year-old juniour named SHAPOVALOV. The BBC commentators I would learn, got the pronunciation right. The chair umpire... not so much. “sha-POV-a-LOV”, he kept saying.
There is no one’s tennis more beautiful to watch for me than Roger Federer. But, I worried with his age and eventual retirement😢😩who I was going cheer for the next 10 plus years? The days of Fed were winding down. Who would replace him in my heart?
There’s that exhilarating moment when you see a tennis player for the 1st time, that you know you will stan them for life. The way they move on court, they way they hit the ball, their fire, their passion, their energy... the charisma. Someone who illuminates the court just by stepping onto it. It all sends tingles down your spine. Fascinated by this fiery kid with the long blond locks, hitting the ball bigger than he looks like he should and dancing around the court with ease. Even looking unorthodox at times nailing winners “off his BACK FOOT!” and “from THERE?” Shots that make your jaw hit the floor. “INCROYABLE!” So much so that a game later you’re still trying to figure out how he did that. Talent, athleticism and ingenuity, my friends.
That was me watching Shapo win Jr. Wimbledon. And I was excited for tennis because I knew it would be in good hands.
(📸 by @sharongraphic)


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He's unstoppable!⚡️ @reillyopelka cruises past Gulbis 63 76 and earns the Bordeaux #ATPChallenger Final!
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Prediction for tomorrow (Saturday 19/05/18). Alexander Zverev 🇩🇪 will defeat Marin Čilić 🇭🇷. #rome2018🇮🇹 #tipster #lifestyle #bet #bet365 #betting #bwin #williamhill #makingmoney #nextgenatp #betontennis_expert #bet #tennis #sport #nowork #easymoney #atp #foroitalico

Shout out to @reillyopelka for prevailing 76 61 over Kozlov and therefore reaching the SF of the Bordeaux #ATPChallenger!💪 #NextGenATP

Mooi toptennis op fraaie locatie 🎾 Tallon Griekspoor vs Alexander Bublik
#warmingupforrolandgarros #nextgenatp #melkhuisjemasters #hilversum

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOMMY!!!
Happy birthday to the most amazing tennis player ever! I hope you have the best day in the world and I just want to let you know that you're such and inspiration to so many fans and give so many people a reason to watch tennis. The way you never stop fighting is so incredibly inspiring and your fun and entertaining personality on and off the court is so enjoyable to watch! Keep being you and keep doing the amazing things you do Legend 🙌 #TeamTommy is always out to support you whatever happens! Can't wait to see you back on the court again soon, hope you're recovering well! 🙏💪
🇺🇸#TeamTommy
#LetsGoTommy #tommypaul #paul #teampaul #tommy #tennis #tennisusa #usa #tennislife #nike #nikecourt #wilson #nextgen #nextgenatp #nextgenfinals #nextgenatpfinals #atp #atpworldtour #usopen #daviscup #australianopen #AO #rolandgarros #frenchopen #wimbledon

Prediction for tomorrow (Friday 18/05/18). Alexander Zverev 🇩🇪 will defeat David Goffin 🇧🇪. #rome2018🇮🇹 #tennis #bet365 #betwin #bwin #bet #sport #williamhill #tipster #prediction #atp #makingmoney #betontennis_expert #money #easymoney #money #lifestyle #nextgenatp

@felixaliassime defeats Domingues in straight sets (64 75) and lands in the Lisbon #ATPChallenger QFs! 😎
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•JUST TOO GOOD•
Unfortunately Denis went down to the king of clay Rafa Nadal🇪🇸 this morning in straight sets, 6-4 6-1. From the beginning it was clear that Nadal was more comfortable, after pushing Denis’ first two service games to over 8 mins each... one went to 12 minutes, and then holding at love. However, Denis was doing a good job of staying mentally focused and preventing Rafa from coming in and dictating from the baseline. He was coming up to the net to finish points because Shapo knew that long rallies would swing in Rafas favor. The king of clay just seemed to overpower him from there, breaking Denis to go up 4-3. From there Rafa dominated and never looked back, winning 32/37 points on his serve. 🎾
Denis also committed 29 unforced errors to only 14 winners, compared to rafas 16:12 ratio. Denis just felt the need to hit every shot big and hard because Nadal was getting EVERYTHING back, even shots that are normally easy winners for our guy. But, even taking 5 games off Rafa on the clay is a huge accomplishment within itself- it requires a huge amount of physical strength, and even though Shapo didn’t win, he definitely proved that he can hang with the best in the game! And who knows- next time Denis and Rafa play on clay, with the trajectory that Denis is following... he could beat him and take back a winning record! 🔛🔝🔜
Denis has withdrawn from the Geneva Open in Switzerland next week, so that means that Roland Garros is up next! That was smart of Denis to give his body a rest- after all, he needs to be in top form for Roland Garros and grass season(his favorite)!
LETS GO DENIS! Give your body some proper rest and get ready to kick some at the French!
Oh... don’t you just love it when Denis misses his toss and says “sorry”? It shows how respectful he is, plus it’s so funny!😄
@denis.shapovalov @denis.shapovalov #denisshapovalov #shapovalov #shapo #shapofam #dontstopfighting #tennis #atpworldtour #nextgenatp

• G O N E T I L L N O V E M B E R •
The King of Clay was too strong for Shapo today. Rafael Nadal🇪🇸wins their R3 match 6-4, 6-1 in 1 hr 22 mins. Denis had to fight very hard to hold serve, only getting in 64% 1st serves and sometimes serving for 10 minutes straight. Meanwhile, Rafa breezed through his service games. This was a match-long pattern that eventually wore Denis down. And after a late finish against Robin Haase, it was a tough ask for the kid to keep that pace going considering the short turnaround. Shapo couldn’t do much off the return and didn’t see a break point the entire match. He also had to defend 13 break points, saving 9, but eventually succumbed to Rafa with a late break in the 1st set. From there Rafa cruised to the win.
Nonetheless, it’s another great showing for Denis at a Masters 1000, where he walks away with a winning match record. This run means he’ll reach a new career high once again and move into the Top 25 next week. He’ll also cement his position as Canada’s No. 1. Way to go, Denis! So proud of you!🇨🇦💪
I have to give props to the Italian🇮🇹tennis fans. You showed Denis so much love this week, just like you did in Milan. I can feel your support for Shapo all the way in Canada!💛☺️Shapo will most likely be back in Italy in November to battle for the @nextgenfinals title.💪
🌟LATEST UPDATE🌟Denis has withdrawn from Geneva next week. I hope it’s just fatigue after runs in Madrid and Rome and not anything more serious. Shapo has a pretty packed schedule heading straight into grass season, so this could be an opportunity to get a mental and physical breather before he starts preparing for Roland Garros at the end of the month.😉
(📸 by Dean Mouhtaropoulos | Getty & Globaliteman)


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*Back where it all began - The day zero*
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Honestly I had almost never heard the name “Sha-po–và-lov” until ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Canada - August 2017. I could not even pronounce his name. But everything changed on 10th August.
Match of the day: NADAL vs @denis.shapovalov .
Nadal was my favorite tennis player: the player for whom you get up at night to see the matches, the one that makes your day full of joy when he wins and your worst day when he loses ... Rafa: the strength, the power, the grit, the winning mentality ... Shapo … who?
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That day of August I was playing with my kids and I could only follow the score. I heard the comments from TV. It was an increasing of WOW, GREAT SHOT, UNBELIEVABLE BACKHAND, and in the meantime the score was in favor of Shapo. I must stop playing and just going to watch the last games.
That moment literally made me fall in love with Shapo's game.
Lefty as Rafa, but what kind of one handed backhand.
Lefty as Rafa, but what kind of powerful serve.
Shapo won. It was love at first sight.
In that moment I decided that Shapo would take the place of Rafa in my heart when Rafa would retire.
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But even if Rafa is still playing … I’m afraid that day has just arrived.
Rafa is the King of Clay and an Amazing Player and I still love him a lot.
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In any case, today I'm happy because ...
I had my winner.
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I❤🎾
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#atptour #atpworldtour #atp #tennis #tennislife #tennisplayers #claycourtseason #denis #denisshapovalov #shapo #shapovalov #teamshapo #shapovaLOVE #dontstopfighting #shapofam #roma #foroitalico #NextGenATP #ibi18 #nexgenatpfinals #nextgen #internazionalibnlditalia #rafaelnadal #rafanadal #nadal #rafa #stefanodepirro #kingofclay #storm

It seems like Nole is practicing nothing more.. #Novak #Djokovic #ibi18 #Tennis #Roma #Open #masters1000 #ATP #NextGenATP

E così sarà Fognini vs @rafaelnadal!
Lo spagnolo domina la partita contro il #NextGenATP #Shapovalov e per la 12^ volta in carriera centra i QF degli @internazionalibnlditalia! #tennis #ibi18 #ATPMasters1000 #Nadal #SuperTennisTV #atp #atpworldtour #Rome #Roma #ForoItalico

@denis.shapovalov leaves Rome with his head held high! The 🇨🇦 #NextGenATP teen is beaten in the @internazionalibnlditalia R3 by Rafa Nadal (6-4 6-1), but the audience had the opportunity to admire his talent closely! 👏

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