Shapovalov: 'A lot's changed in the past five days'

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Denis Shapovalov reached the semifinals in Montreal with wins over Juan Martin del Potro and Rafael Nadal along the way. (AP)

Denis Shapovalov says there have been big changes for him this week in Montreal, where he reached the semifinals of the Masters 1000 tournament as a wild card.

The 18-year-old Canadian became a huge sensation with the run he had at his national event, which included defeating Juan Martin del Potro and Rafael Nadal.

"I mean, I go from being not known to, you know, being so known in the tennis world, in Canada in general,” he said. “It's going to be a little bit of a change to me. I'm going to have to adapt.

"Yeah, on TV, I wasn't expecting to, like, hear my name every two minutes. It's like, 'All right, guys, enough, enough.'"

At the same time, he added, he wants to keep the same approach. "But, you know, regardless, this is one week. It's just a small part of this season. I still have to work really hard," he said.

Shapovalov's ranking will also jump up from his current No. 143, which, in turn, will mean adjusting his schedule.

"A lot's changed in the past five days. Supposed to be a lot of Challengers, a little bit of ATPs, try to get me into the top 100," he said. "Now since I'm going to be around 67, I feel like it's going to be a little bit more ATPs and maybe a couple of Challengers."

Shapovalov is the youngest-ever player to reach the semifinals of a Masters tournament. 


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