Denis Shapovalov has vowed to make his Paris Masters final appearance the first of many after he finished his 2019 season a high point.
The 20-year-old lost 6-3, 6-4 to Novak Djokovic in Sunday’s final, but enjoyed a fabulous week beating Fabio Fognini, Alexander Zverev and Gael Monfils along the way.
“It’s an unbelievable week for me, but it doesn’t stop here,” Shapovalov said. “It’s [now] back to the court, back to practising.
“I want to be beating guys like Novak so I have to improve, get better, find a way to return better against his serve. And hopefully I can do even better next year.”
It has been an inconsistent season for Shapovalov but the last week has given a much more positive gloss to it as he won his first title in Stockholm before contesting his first Masters final in Paris.
Only one Canadian before him has reached a Masters final – former Wimbledon runner-up Milos Raonic.
Shapovalov, though, insists that inconsistency is something most young players need to accept, and he believes he can improve that side of his game moving forward.
“It’s a sport. There’s going to be ups and downs. And it’s not going to be finals of a Masters every week,” added Shapovalov.
“So it’s normal to have some dips and rises. You know, I’m still learning about my game, too, improving every day.”
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