Denis Shapovalov explains decision to split with coach Mikhail Youzhny

Denis Shapovalov explains decision to split with coach Mikhail Youzhny

World No. 14 Denis Shapovalov admitted it wasn't easy against Laslo Djere but he was glad he managed to escape with a four-set win over the Serb. Shapovalov, seeded at No. 14, beat world No. 51 Djere 7-6 (3) 6-3 3-6 7-6 (3) in the Australian Open first round.

After losing the first two sets, Djere started the third set with a 3-0 lead and served out for the set in the ninth game. After failing to serve out for the match in the ninth game and blowing a match point in the 10th game, Shapovalov lost his serve.

However, Djere failed to serve out for the set in the 12th as Shapovalov dominated the tie-break to book a four-set win. “I felt like the fourth set was slipping away from me after that set point but I’m very happy with the outcome," Shapovalov said, per the ATP website.

“He did a great dob to come back from two sets to none. SHe changed his tactics, tried to go for it more and was very tricky”.

After the 2021 season, Wimbledon semifinalist Shapovalov decided to split with coach Youzhny.

Shapovalov called it a business decision as simply he wasn't getting the results he was hoping he would. "It was after the season, a couple weeks after Stockholm. I talked to him. It was very mutual. We still text and we continue to have a good relationship, but it just wasn't working.

Both of us, we weren't achieving what we wanted to," Shapovalov explained, per Luca Fiorino. "Unfortunately that's the business of tennis sometimes. Just had to go a different direction. It's super tough because I feel like anyone that I bring into my team, they're like family to me.

It was super tough to come to the decision for both of us to split."

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