‘I am amazed that I’m able to be so high in the rankings,’ says Denis Shapovalov

Denis Shapovalov says he is not worried by his lack of finals, and his high ranking shows how much he has already achieved.

The 21-year-old is currently ranked just outside of the top ten, although he only has one career title to his name so far.

Shapovalov, though, has struggled to push on when he has gone deep in a tournament. He has reached 21 quarter-finals, but just two finals.

However, he says he is far from concerned about that statistic, because he is ahead of where he thought he would be at this age and he believes his time will come.

“It is what it is,” Shapovalov said. “Of course you want to reach every final and win every tournament, but that’s just how it is.

“I’m sure that my ability and my level will enable me to get there. It just hasn’t been the case.

“But I don’t think about the past at all and I just play every tournament and focus on what I can do right now.

“I feel truly blessed and amazed that I’m able to be so high up in the rankings at the age of 21.

“It’s unbelievable. But the athlete side of me and the professional in me just wants to keep going forward and wants to break the top 10 again and climb all the way up the rankings.

“When you’re young and you’re growing up you always wish you’re going to be as good as possible, but I never imagined I would have the run that I’ve had so early in my career.

“I’ve been able to progress through the years and get better every year.

“In one way I can’t believe that this early in my career I’m able to play this well, but on the other hand like any other player I’m just trying to go forward and keep getting better.”

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