Denis Shapovalov had nothing but high praise for Andy Murray after ending the Brit's 'inspiring' Wimbledon comeback.
Shapovalov overpowered a clearly tired Murray, who had played nine sets of tennis in his first two rounds.
The 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 scoreline was reflective of just how dominant Shapovalov was, but he has urged Murray to keep going because what he is doing is inspiring so many people - including himself.
“To play against a legend like Andy today, to play a match like this... first of all – huge shout-outs to him," Shapovalov said after the match.
"What he is doing, nobody has ever done. He is truly an inspiration to many people, including me.
“I told him [Murray] at the net that he’s my hero. Achievements aside, what he’s been able to do in the sport, to come back with an injury like this. And to play the tennis that he’s playing. Moving the way that he’s moving.”
It was Shapovalov's first ever match on Centre Court, and he says it was every bit as good as he had always hoped it would be.
“This is a dream come true," he said. "I put countless years of hard work into every practice so that one day I could maybe play on Centre Court.
“I’m just trying to soak in everything before I leave, It’s truly amazing to be out on this court and to play a match like today. I don’t think I can play any better."
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