“A Match I Grew Up Wanting to Play”: Denis Shapovalov Ahead of His Centre Court Clash With Andy Murray at Wimbledon Championships 2021

Published 07/02/2021, 7:31 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 30, 2021 Britain’s Andy Murray celebrates winning his second round match against Germany’s Oscar Otte REUTERS/Toby Melville


Denis Shapovalov will soon get the taste of Centre Court action at Wimbledon Championships 2021. Although he is loved by many fans, he won’t have many siding with him in his third-round match. It is because he is playing former World No.1 Andy Murray. Murray is playing at home and hence is commanding very strong crowd support. But the Canadian has great words for the returning Brit.

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Andy Murray celebrates winning his first-round match against Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili. REUTERS/Paul Childs TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Shapovalov expressed his joy of playing at Wimbledon’s famous Centre Court. Moreover, he is in awe of playing against Andy Murray at such a grand stage.

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“I think it’s a great moment for me. It’s going to be my first time on Centre Court, so it’s definitely super exciting for me, my team and my career – definitely a match I grew up wanting to play under a spotlight like this,” Shapovalov said.

Denis Shapovalov reacts during his first round match against Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber REUTERS/Paul Childs

Denis Shapovalov happy to see Andy Murray firing at Wimbledon

Furthermore, Shapovalov has always admired Andy Murray since his childhood, and he is ready to face him. Murray has reached the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time since 2017 Wimbledon. In between that period, the former World No.1 had two hip replacement surgeries and hence lost a lot of his movement, however on grass, Andy is a changed man.

“I’ve watched a bit of Andy in his match [against Otte]. And, honestly, just as a tennis fan it was fun to watch. As a fan of Andy’s, to see him back moving so well and how he turned it around, it felt like he was the player he was a couple years back.”

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Shapovalov will be a tough opponent for Murray. Andy has had seven hours of total playtime in two matches. But Andy has surprised many with his stamina and increased hunger and again that will be on display against Shapovalov.

“To see him moving the way he’s moving now, especially on the slick grass, it’s great to see – obviously not as an opponent, but as a fan of the sport.”

This third round is also special in the way that the 2016 Wimbledon men’s singles champion, Andy Murray will play against 2016 Wimbledon junior champion, Shapovalov. Will Murray continue his run against Shapovalov?

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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