Italian Open

Can Denis Shapovalov keep it spicy to go deep in Rome?

is what Denis Shapovalov had critiqued his game back at the start of the season with the Australian Open playing Japan's Taro Daniel.

There were some important wins over Tomas Berdych in Rotterdam, Marin Cilic at Indian Wells and a fellow NextGen Stefanos Tsitsipas in Miami.

Shapovalov stuck by his philosophy in Rome as he did in Australia as being sharper in the big moments and staying focused.

He'd won 7 of 12 matches on clay and felt confident that he'd have a chance with Pablo Carreno Busta, despite being defeated by him at the 2017 US Open in three tie-breaks.

The Serbian used to be called 'The Joker' but there's nothing funny of the spins and slices and tactics he can put on comrades on the court and by the looks of it Denis Shapovalov isn't any joke either.

The Canadian is a serious opponent that has dug his way up the ATP ranking and is ready, willing and able to give a good game to any comrade he battles with from his bag of tennis tactic tricks.

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