With a lefty forehand that crackles like a campfire, a stunning one-hand backhand and a backward baseball cap that dips to just above his eyebrows, Denis Shapovalov is a stirring reminder of the swaggering, swashbuckling days of Andre Agassi.
Shapovalov, 21, of Canada pumps his fist and bellows when he wins points, as he did when he upset David Goffin, who was ranked No. 10 at the time, to reach the quarterfinals of the United States Open in September, his best result at a major. It was enough to propel him into the world’s top 10 for the first time.
Your mother coached you from the beginning, the same way Andy Murray’s mother did. What does she bring to the table?
She put a racket in my hand, knows my game as good as me, if not better. And she always keeps me levelheaded and puts me right back in my place when I’m not feeling good.