Following an incredible week in arriving at the last at the Paris Masters tennis competition, Denis Shapovalov has taken over as the No. 1-positioned Canadian male tennis player with a world positioning of No. 15.
In spite of the fact that he was overpowered by the top-seeded Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-4 in the last on Sunday, when the Serb confronted just one break point, the 20-year-old Canadian shot up 13 spots on the positioning rundown. It was Djokovic’s record fifth Paris title.
“Of course it’s a tough ending, but he was the better player,” said Shapovalov, who is currently 0-for-4 in matches against the 32-year-old Djokovic, who is a 16-time Grand Slam champion.
Shapovalov, who grabbed more than $500,000 in prize cash by arriving at their first ATP Masters 1000 last, is presently positioned in front of individual Canadians Felix Auger-Aliassime (No. 21) and Milos Raonic (No. 32).
It is the first occasion when that Shapovalov has broken the main 20 on the men’s visit. Raonic is the most elevated positioned Canadian tennis player ever, coming to No. 3 on the planet in 2016. Had Shapovalov won the last, they would have bounced to No. 11.
What’s more, Shapovalov will wind up the year being the top-positioned Canadian male since none of the Canadians qualified for the season-finishing ATP Finals, which start Sunday. That enormous cash competition is just open to the main eight players on the planet.
It was a major week in Paris for Shapovalov, the blondie left-hander with the high-chance, huge slugging game, who keeps on becoming famous as a mammoth executioner.
They upset six-seeded Alexander Zverev, No. 11 Fabio Fognini and No. 13 Gael Monfils in transit to the elimination rounds. They got a free go to the finals when Rafael Nadal hauled out of their elimination round match because of stomach damage.
It was against Nadal two years prior in Montreal that the Canadian guaranteed his greatest triumph of their young profession when he upset Nadal in the round of 16 at the Rogers Cup. That year, Shapovalov was named the ATP Newcomer of the Year.
Regardless of neglecting to arrive at the last in Paris, Nadal recovered the top spot on the planet just because since November, 2018, when the rankings turned out on Monday, outperforming Djokovic.
Shapovalov is one of the Next Gen players in Canada who is attempting to make some commotion. Be that as it may, up until now, every one of them have been dominated by the fantasy period of Canadian Bianca Andreescu, who vaulted right to No. 4 on the ladies’ circuit following her U.S. Open triumph in New York two months prior. Andreescu needed to pull back from the season-finishing WTA Finals in China with knee damage and her positioning slipped to No. 5.
Shapovalov completed the season on a high in the wake of experiencing a mid-season droop. Last August, the 20-year-old was scanning for their structure with only four triumphs from their past 16 matches.
Positioned No. 38 at the time, Shapovalov began a time for testing with another mentor in previous player Mikhail Youzhny and the test worked. A month ago, Shapovalov got their first vocation succeed at an ATP 250 competition in Stockholm.
“I think my level is there and I knew it was just a question of time,” Shapovalov said on the ATP Tour site.
Twist drill Aliassime, who is out with a left lower leg damage, dropped two spots to No. 21, while Raonic held relentless at No. 32.