It had been quite the summer for Denis. At the start of June, the he was just inside the Top 200 of the Emirates ATP Rankings and starting his grass-court campaign at ATP Challenger Tour events in Surbiton and Nottingham.
Fast forward three months and Shapo has been one of the stars of the North American hard-court swing, capturing the hearts of fans with his blockbuster game and engaging personality.
After a rollercoaster ride that saw him win the Gatineau Challenger, reach the semi-finals at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 in Montreal and become the darling of New York with his run through qualies to make the fourth round, it was to rapturous applause that Denis departed Arthur Ashe Stadium after his defeat to Pablo Carreno Busta.
“Honestly, it was so much fun to be part of that atmosphere and the match and this whole two weeks,” said Shapovalov. “It's another life-changing event for me, and it's thanks to the crowd. They have been having my back these past couple months. They have been really carrying me. Without them it wouldn't be possible.
“It really has a special place in my heart and now New York, for sure, it will always have a special place for me. Hopefully I can come back here for many more years and just try to do some damage.”
Route to round 4:
Q1: Shapo d. Kudla 6-3, 6-4
Q2: Shapo d. Elias 6-3, 7-5
Q3: Shapo d. Satral 6-7, 6-1, 6-3
R1: Shapo d. Medvedev 7-5, 6-1, 6-2
R2: Shapo d. Tsonga 6-4, 6-4, 7-6
R3: Shapo d. Edmund 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 1-0 (retired)
R4: Carreno Busta d. Shapo 7-6, 7-6, 7-6
Also guys I want to say sorry for not posting this week as I was at a camp/course thing and I wanted to take a break from social media when I was doing it. Hope you all understand! 💙🙏
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