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Shapovalov realistic about Grand Slam dreams

13th September 2017, 17:42 by Tom McGarry

Denis Shapovalov admits he would love to win a Grand Slam title but believes he is still a long way from reaching that target.

The Canadian teenager has enjoyed a breakthrough couple of months on the ATP Tour, reaching the semi-finals of the Rogers Cup in August before progressing through to the fourth round of the US Open - his best performance at a Slam to date.

The 18-year-old, who beat Rafael Nadal on his way through to the last four in Montreal, feels his all-round game has got better.

"I think a lot of aspects of my tennis game have improved," Shapovalov said. "My serve and returns are getting better. I'm coming to the net a lot more, but the biggest thing I've improved is my fighting spirit. Just staying calm and fighting for every point."

Shapovalov's recent exploits have seen him rise up to a career high of 51st in the latest world rankings although he believes he is still a long from being able to challenge the world's best players for major titles.

He added: "One day I would love to win a Slam. But I think I'm still really far from that and still have a lot of work to do. At the end of the day, I'm still only 18."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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