Rising Canadian star Denis Shapovalov is hoping to have a positive week at the Estoril Open as he is looking to win his first back-to-back matches since reaching the Dubai semifinal.
Shapovalov kicked off his clay season last week in Barcelona, where he beat Jeremy Chardy before losing to fellow compatriot Felix Auger-Aliassime.
“It doesn’t matter who’s on the other side, I’m going to play my game and when it clicks, then it clicks,” Shapovalov told the ATP website. “I don’t know if it’s ever a specific moment or not, but it just happens.”
Shapovalov, seeded at No. 1 in the Estoril main draw, had a first round bye at the tournament and he is set to kick off his campaign at the tournament on Thursday against Corentin Moutet.
“You get a win here or there and then you start feeling super confident,” he said. “That’s where I think I can be dangerous; when I start getting those couple wins under my belt, start feeling my game, then I feel like I’m able to beat any of the players.”
Shapovalov feeling no pressure in Estoril
Shapovalov is hoping to make a deep run in Estoril but he is not putting pressure on his back.
“No expectations, I just try and take it one match at a time and really just focus on myself,” Shapovalov said. “I do think I could go deep in these tournaments. I love to play no matter where I am, no matter against whom, I just love to play, I love to dominate and play aggressively.”
Shapovalov admitted he prefers hard and brass over clay.
“If I’m being completely honest, I prefer other surfaces,” Shapovalov said. “I do love the feeling of playing on clay, the sliding. It is more gruelling, it’s longer points. I think my favourite is grass. There is just practically no rallies, so it’s awesome. It is just serves and returns, it’s perfect.”