Denis Shapovalov fires warning to Novak Djokovic over Paris Masters final


Denis Shapovalov is feeling confident ahead of his clash with Novak Djokovic in Paris.

Denis Shapovalov is set to take on Novak Djokovic in the final of the Paris Masters on Sunday, and the Russian is feeling positive.

The world No 28 reached the last two after Rafael Nadal was forced to withdraw from their semi-final through injury, while Djokovic saw off the challenge of Gregor Dimitrov.

Shapovalov, 20, has now given his thoughts on the upcoming test against the 16-time Grand Slam champion, and revealed why he fancies his chances.

“I feel like every time I get a little more and more input on how he plays,” he said.

“I think when he played me in Shanghai, he played absolutely amazing.

“I don’t think I played bad at all, but he was coming up with amazing shots.

“Hopefully he’s missing a little bit more tomorrow, a little bit tighter.

“But hopefully I can also step up my game and play the way I’ve been playing all week.”

Shapovalov has beat Alexander Zverev and Gael Monfils among others to secure his place in the last four, and will take heart from his recent displays despite losing all three of his previous meetings with Serbian opponent Djokovic.

“It’s going to be a different match,” he added.

“But of course I feel like the way I played against Gael was unbelievable.

“It was kind of one of those days where everything was going in for me.

“So I hope I can bring the same kind of level that I did against him.

“But at the same time, Novak is a different player.

“So it’s going to be a different kind of game and it’s going to be different tennis.”

The clash between the two is set to get underway at 2 pm GMT in Paris later today.


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