Denis Shapovalov: ‘I’ve always tried to model my game on Roger and Rafa’

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The young Canadian’s blond locks call to mind Björn Borg and his game also has echoes of the greats but he will not be getting carried away at his second Wimbledon

It is 45 years since a blond-haired Swede first took Wimbledon by storm, the arrival of Björn Borg sending fans at Wimbledon into the kind of frenzy not seen since the Beatles. It may be a stretch to say the arrival of another blond will have a similar effect at this year’s event but, when Denis Shapovalov strides through the gates of the All England Club, Wimbledon may just be seeing a future star of the sport.

Left-handed, with a good serve, brutal forehand and a dazzling one-handed backhand he often hits in mid-air, Shapovalov has already attracted a legion of fans. Junior champion at Wimbledon two years ago, the 19-year-old Canadian has a bit of everything: he is part Federer, part Nadal, part McEnroe, even part Borg, at least in the hair department.

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Written by Simon Cambers
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