This afternoon saw the first match up between the rising Canadian Denis Shapovalov and the more experienced Milos Raonic.
Canadian tennis has for so long has waited for someone to take the lead. Milos Raonic hasn’t, Eugenie Bouchard hasn’t and Vasek Pospisil hasn’t despite all being very talented but now it’s Denis’ time I believe to take over and more than anyone I do think it will help Milos Raonic.
Before the match on SkySports Leif Shiras was talking about a lost generation and you’d certainly put Raonic in that category right now. I said in a piece the other day I feel like his game lacks the quality and fitness is another big problem as well!
Denis has the game and the audacity to play some outstanding shots as a left handed player he brings soo much to the court which made him so dangerous today. Raonic played 25 points on his serve today and Shapovalov managed to get only 12 back in play but won 10 of those 12 as he stuck in producing some stunning backhands and forehands.
I think Shapovalov taking the spot light will eventually happen and maybe it’s what Raonic needs as his quest to find form which saw him in a couple of Wimbledon finals which is the target to be fit for Wimbledon.
I think in all honesty I think Raonic needs to focus on grass court season after recent injury problems and work with his coach Goran Ivanisevic about being ready to mount a challenge the difficult with that is that his ranking is low so although he’s been at a Wimbledon final before the path will be tougher unless there’s a miracle in Rome and Paris.
I think over the next year it will happen and I do believe Denis will become a great champion and it may help his fellow countryman.