Federer semi is a dream for Shapovalov
Denis Shapovalov says he's gearing up for the game of his life when he faces legend Roger Federer in the Miami Open semi-finals.
Swiss star Federer moved into the last four, where he will face Canadian starlet Shapovalov on Friday night, after outclassing Kevin Anderson 6-0 6-4 in the quarter-finals.
Shapovalov admits he's excited to take on someone he idolises for the first time as he aims to mark his recent progress by claiming a huge scalp, securing his place in the final in the process.
"It's a match-up I have been looking forward to my whole life, a high-stakes match against your idol. It's just a dream come true," said Shapovalov.
"I will try and approach it like any other game, try and enjoy it, give it my all. It will be a difficult match but I am just happy to have a chance to play him."
Shapovalov beat US youngster Frances Tiafoe 6-7 (5/7) 6-4 6-2 in the last eight to reach his third ATP Masters semi-final.
Aidan Perkins is a senior journalist that specialises in football stories. Aidan, a Liverpool fan, also has a broad knowledge of several other sports.