Friday, March 29, 2019

Shapovalov to meed Federer in Miami semis

Shapovalov to meed Federer in Miami semis
Shapovalov to meed Federer in Miami semis

Denis Shapovalov scored a 6-7(5) 6-4 6-2 win against Frances Tiafoe and advanced to the semifinals where he will play Roger Fedrer.

Shapovalov is one of two Canadian teenagers in the semis, with Felix Auger-Aliassime to play John Isner in the daytime, before Federer and Shapovalov face off under lights.

Shapovalov broke Tiafoe four times and could hardly stop smiling at the prospect of playing Federer.

"It's definitely a matchup I have been looking forward to my whole life," he said.

"It's going to be a dream come true to play him in such a big event. The stakes are so high, semi-final of a Masters 1000 against your idol, it's just a dream come true."

Shapovalov also spoke about what appears to be a bright future for Canadian tennis.

He and Auger-Aliassime are in the Miami semis less than two weeks after 18-year-old Bianca Andreescu won the WTA tournament at Indian Wells.

"It's kind of crazy to share this with Felix," Shapovalov said.

"I was just thinking in the locker room how far back we go, from the national groupings when we were eight and nine years old, so it's so crazy to see how far we have come.

"It's really great to see him doing well. Honestly, it's not a shocker for me that he's gone this far, that he's doing so well."

Article from Reuters