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(Sportsnet)   Shapovalov just did to Nadal what Nadal did to Federer in 2004   ( sportsnet.ca) divider line
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2017-08-12 12:38:02 AM  
And he just did it again tonight against Mannarino who had beaten Raonic in the first round... Go Shapo!
 
2017-08-12 01:30:20 AM  
I like this kid. He won Jr. Wimbledon last year so he's been on a lot of radars as a potential top seed in the future.

He had an incident earlier this year in a Davis Cup match where he struck the ball in frustration after losing an important point, and the ball hit the chair umpire in the face. He was disqualified from the match and fined $7,000.

His coach sat him down and gave him a good talk, and since then he's been light out, dropping top seeds like he belongs. He has a more complete game than Raonic, better ground strokes and a deceptively deadly backhand I would call "Federer-esque".

I don't want to get ahead of myself and say this kid is the future, because all sorts of unfortunate things can happen to stop such potential from maturing, but right now he's heading in the right direction.
 
2017-08-12 03:45:23 AM  
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2017-08-12 08:00:01 AM  

Ishkur: I like this kid. He won Jr. Wimbledon last year so he's been on a lot of radars as a potential top seed in the future.

He had an incident earlier this year in a Davis Cup match where he struck the ball in frustration after losing an important point, and the ball hit the chair umpire in the face. He was disqualified from the match and fined $7,000.

His coach sat him down and gave him a good talk, and since then he's been light out, dropping top seeds like he belongs. He has a more complete game than Raonic, better ground strokes and a deceptively deadly backhand I would call "Federer-esque".

I don't want to get ahead of myself and say this kid is the future, because all sorts of unfortunate things can happen to stop such potential from maturing, but right now he's heading in the right direction.


Good to hear.  Didn't know anything about this guy prior to the Nadal match.  Hopefully we don't have another Bouchard on our hands.
 
2017-08-12 08:10:30 AM  
read that as 'sharapova' and my mind when somewhere else entirely
 
2017-08-12 12:14:09 PM  

Dead for Tax Reasons: read that as 'sharapova' and my mind when somewhere else entirely


Same here.  :|
 
2017-08-12 12:15:45 PM  
Flappyhead: Hopefully we don't have another Bouchard on our hands.

A 50-foot Bouchard?

/Obscure
 
2017-08-12 01:10:00 PM  

Flappyhead: Good to hear. Didn't know anything about this guy prior to the Nadal match. Hopefully we don't have another Bouchard on our hands.


Bouchard got distracted by modelling gigs. I don't think one tournament is going to define Shapo's career.

But we shall see -- he plays in the semis tonight.
 
2017-08-12 02:46:45 PM  
He fixes the cable?
 
2017-08-12 03:01:39 PM  
it's been an incredible story, and a nice balm to the rash of top men's players that are uncertain or out for the rest of the year. maybe now he's got a chance to be known for this instead of inadvertently breaking a chair ump's eye socket.

that said, I hope my boy Zverev crushes him tonight (and then in turn gets crushed by my main man Federer in the final).

from 2008 - Shapovalov is the little blond kid on the right:

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2017-08-12 03:08:08 PM  

Dead for Tax Reasons: read that as 'sharapova' and my mind when somewhere else entirely


well, Shapovalov and Sharapova are both 6' and slender, with long blond hair, originally from Europe and now living in North America, so it's an easy mistake to make.

also, if that's where your mind went - that's pretty kinky, having such dirty thoughts about Federer and Nadal.
 
2017-08-12 04:27:34 PM  

virulent_loser: Dead for Tax Reasons: read that as 'sharapova' and my mind when somewhere else entirely

well, Shapovalov and Sharapova are both 6' and slender, with long blond hair, originally from Europe and now living in North America, so it's an easy mistake to make.

also, if that's where your mind went - that's pretty kinky, having such dirty thoughts about Federer and Nadal.


Shapovalov is originally from Israel, not Europe (parents were Russian)
 
2017-08-12 06:06:16 PM  

dywed88: virulent_loser: Dead for Tax Reasons: read that as 'sharapova' and my mind when somewhere else entirely

well, Shapovalov and Sharapova are both 6' and slender, with long blond hair, originally from Europe and now living in North America, so it's an easy mistake to make.

also, if that's where your mind went - that's pretty kinky, having such dirty thoughts about Federer and Nadal.

Shapovalov is originally from Israel, not Europe (parents were Russian)


oh god...you know what's really stupid? I knew that, and brain farted thinking Israel is in Europe. wow. I'm an idiot.
 
2017-08-12 09:17:22 PM  
The piece of steak would have done it! Now he understands why old Stowsher Bill was crtying.
/obscure
 
2017-08-13 12:56:10 AM  

Ishkur: I like this kid. He won Jr. Wimbledon last year so he's been on a lot of radars as a potential top seed in the future.

He had an incident earlier this year in a Davis Cup match where he struck the ball in frustration after losing an important point, and the ball hit the chair umpire in the face. He was disqualified from the match and fined $7,000.

His coach sat him down and gave him a good talk, and since then he's been light out, dropping top seeds like he belongs. He has a more complete game than Raonic, better ground strokes and a deceptively deadly backhand I would call "Federer-esque".

I don't want to get ahead of myself and say this kid is the future, because all sorts of unfortunate things can happen to stop such potential from maturing, but right now he's heading in the right direction.


More interesting and informative than any article they'll post in here.
 
2017-08-13 09:41:18 AM  

morg: Ishkur: I like this kid. He won Jr. Wimbledon last year so he's been on a lot of radars as a potential top seed in the future.

He had an incident earlier this year in a Davis Cup match where he struck the ball in frustration after losing an important point, and the ball hit the chair umpire in the face. He was disqualified from the match and fined $7,000.

His coach sat him down and gave him a good talk, and since then he's been light out, dropping top seeds like he belongs. He has a more complete game than Raonic, better ground strokes and a deceptively deadly backhand I would call "Federer-esque".

I don't want to get ahead of myself and say this kid is the future, because all sorts of unfortunate things can happen to stop such potential from maturing, but right now he's heading in the right direction.

More interesting and informative than any article they'll post in here.


He lost last night, but the story checks out.  Part of that deadly backhand is that he's a lefty. There is some something about left handed backhands that mystify opponents.. always been the case. See Laver, Connors, McEnroe, even Nadal...
 
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