‘Special story’: Denis Shapovalov happy to make Canadian history alongside Felix Auger-Aliassime at Australian Open 2022

Canadian tennis has grown steadily over the past few years with the rise of top talent from the ATP and WTA Roosters. Denis Shapovalov is one such talent trying to make an impact on the big stage. The Canadian defeated world number 3 Alexander Zverev in straight sets to reach the quarter-finals of the 2022 Australian Open.

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Felix Auger-Aliassime is another player set to join Denis in the last eight. The youngster will face the experienced Marin Cilic in the quarter-finals tomorrow. Cilic has already beaten Andrey Rublev in the third round and is motivated enough to give the youngsters a hard time.

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Denis Shapovalov feels special to have created records for Canada alongside Felix Auger-Aliassime

In the post-match presser after the fourth round, Shapovalov was asked how he felt about reaching the quarters during the “happy slam” and also about putting Canada on the tennis map.

Of course, I think what we’ve done is amazing. Especially the start of the season, for Canada probably winning the first tennis team title in history, with Felix and what we are doing in Australia is also special.

Denis then talked about Félix Auger-Aliassime and how special he is to share these milestones alongside him.

I mean, it’s great to do it alongside a guy like Felix, who is obviously also an outstanding player. We graduated from juniors together. It’s quite a special story to share with him. Obviously, it will be amazing if he can pass.

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Felix and Shapovalov played crucial role in Team Canada’s first ATP Cup win

Félix and Denis both played crucial roles in the Canadian team that won its first ATP Cup. Although Canada entered the event as an up-and-coming team, they weren’t the big favorites heading into the tournament. But, they scored incredible wins against countries like Russia, Germany and Spain to record a memorable victory for their team.

August 11, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Canada’s Denis Shapovalov returns a ball to USA’s Frances Tiafoe (not pictured) at the Aviva Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski – USA TODAY Sports

Coming to the Australian Open, Denis Shapovalov has a difficult task ahead as he will face former world No. 1 and 20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open.

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