2022 Davis Cup Champion, next challenger to Carlos Alcaraz at Roland Garros

2022 Davis Cup Champion, next challenger to Carlos Alcaraz at Roland GarrosAFP7 via Europa Press

Canadian Denis Shapovalov, ranked 32nd in the world, will be Carlos Alcaraz’s opponent in the third round on Friday. The 24-year-old tennis player, 2022 Davis Cup champion with his country, He reached the round of 32 after defeating American Brandon Nakashima in five sets (6-4, 7-5, 4-6, 3-6, 6-3) in the first match and Italian Matteo Arnaldi in the second round. . , this year’s winner of the Murcia Tennis Club Challenge four times (6-3, 3-6, 6-3 and 6-3).

The 24-year-old Canadian and world number one have never faced each other, so it will be an unprecedented encounter.. Shapovalov is a tennis player with great talent but also very erratic which makes the match very difficult for the Palmar player. The Canadian stated, after his first match at Roland Garros, that he “has had problems with one of my knees for a long time. Last year’s appearance in Vienna – he lost in the final to Medvedev – and did not allow me to play without pain for a single day. The worst is the day after the competition. The last few weeks I feel better, it didn’t bother me in training. “Everything I get in terms of results will be a reward for me and I plan to enjoy the experience,” he explained in a press conference.

Players from Canada celebrate the 2022 David Cup title

It reached 10th in the world in 2020

Shapovalov, who was born in Israel, rose to world number 10 in September 2020 after reaching the quarter-finals of the US Open, Where he fell against the Asturian Pablo Carreno. This year presents a tally of nine victories and the same defeats. He reached the quarterfinals at the ATP 250 in Adelaide, where he lost to Novak Djokovic, and reached the third round at the Australian Open. Then he barely got past the first match in several tournaments. On clay, he fell in the third round at the Conde de Godó, where he lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas, and lost in his second round debut at the Masters 1000 in Madrid against China’s Zhizhen Zhang. In 2022 he signed notable results, such as the quarter-finals in Australia, where he cut him off by Rafa Nadal, as well as reaching the finals in Seoul and Vienna. In addition, he was declared a Davis Cup champion in Malaga with Canada and made a team with Aliciasim in the final match against Australia.

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