“Hyped”: Stefanos Tsitsipas, Rafael Nadal, and Others Describe Denis Shapovalov in One Word

Published 04/28/2021, 1:42 PM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 12, 2021 Canada’s Denis Shapovalov in action during his third round match against Canada’s Felix Auger Aliassime REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake


Rising star Denis Shapovalov hasn’t had a great season in 2021 so far. He recently got eliminated in the pre-quarters of the Barcelona Open 2021 and hasn’t enjoyed much success in the previous tournaments as well. However, he is a promising player and can cause quite a few upsets in the upcoming tournaments on clay.

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In a recent video, ATP superstars described Denis Shapovalov in one word. Players chose different adjectives and words to explain the Canadian’s gameplay, and some even gave reasoning in support of their answer.

World No.2 Rafael Nadal said, “Power” when asked to describe Shapovalov. Shapovalov’s compatriot Milos Raonic came up with a really thoughtful word and went on to explain his answer.

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“A 156 kilometers an hour forehand. Fierce,” mentioned Raonic.

It was World No.6 Alexander Zverev who came up with the most accurate answer. He stated that Shapovalov was ‘energetic’, and rightly so. Even after playing for 3-4 hours, the former World No.10 doesn’t tire. He has the ability to run and cover the court quickly, which creates a lot of problems for most of his opponents.

Stefanos Tsitsipas, Grigor Dimitrov, and Felix Auger-Aliassime also describe Denis Shapovalov

Interestingly, it was the Monte Carlo Masters 2021 winner Stefanos Tsitsipas, who stole this show with his priceless response. He said Shapovalov is ‘hyped’ for him. It was certainly a sort of jibe that he took on the 22-year-old but in a harmless manner.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 8, 2021, Canada’s Denis Shapovalov celebrates winning a set during his first-round match against Italy’s Jannik Sinner REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Former World No.3 Grigor Dimitrov believes that Shapovalov is a ‘talented’ player. Similarly, Shapovalov’s great friend Felix Auger-Aliassime too complimented him and stated that he is a brilliant athlete.

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“I mean brilliance, you know and style I think. I think everybody loves his game, and I surely do. It’s such a nice game, you know, such nice techniques. So, you know, I think he is just brilliant,” mentioned Aliassime.

Denis Shapovalov has truly impressed most of the players on the ATP Tour. They believe that he is an extraordinary player who has a bright future ahead of him. The Canadian star is now playing at the Millennium Estoril Open 2021, where he’ll next face France’s Corentin Moutet in the Round of 16. Will Shapovalov be able to win his first title of the season in Estoril?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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