Novak Djokovic admits he has been impressed by Denis Shapovalov’s performances at the Paris Masters, saying the Canadian’s “game has always been there”.
Having come up short in his previous three ATP Masters 1000 semi-finals, Shapovalov reached his maiden final after Rafael Nadal withdrew from their last-four clash due to injury.
The 20-year-old, who won his first ATP Tour singles title a fortnight ago when he lifted the Stockholm Open trophy, beat 13th seed Gael Monfils, sixth seed Alexander Zverev and 11th seed Fabio Fognini en route to the final.
World No 1 Djokovic explains which area of his game Shapovalov improved most.
“I think [Denis has] reduced his unforced errors. His game has always been there and, especially this year, he’s improved even more,” he said.
“He has played some impressive tennis, especially against Monfils. I’m looking forward to the final… Hopefully I will be able to get the best out of myself tomorrow.”
Djokovic is gunning for another title in Bercy after he reached his 50th Masters final with a 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 win over Grigor Dimitrov.
“It’s a motivation [to win my fifth Paris title] every day. I feel good in such conditions, especially in France… You have the culture of tennis,” he said.
“You have a lot of support from the crowd. You could see the French players had a lot of support. I’m motivated. I want to do well tomorrow. I hope to find my best tennis.”
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