Denis Shapovalov calls Roger Federer’s 2009 win over Roddick one of his most memorable Wimbledon matches, says he has a grass allergy en


Denis Shapovalov recently talked about his grasscourt ambitions and memories, particularly with reference to Wimbledon, and mentioned Roger Federer in several instances. Shapovalov also revealed he is allergic to grass and that he experiences physical discomfort when he plays on the surface.

Denis Shapovalov is currently participating in the MercedesCup at Stuttgart, where he is the top seed. Roger Federer, meanwhile, will soon to Halle this weekend to launch his title defense at the Noventi Open.

When asked by ATP to pick his most memorable matches from Wimbledon, Denis Shapovalov claimed he has many Roger Federer matches on the list. The Canadian then picked Federer’s 2009 final against Andy Roddick, where the Swiss won a marathon fifth set to claim a record-breaking 15th Major title, as the standout.

Denis Shapovalov was then asked to explain his allergic reactions to grass. In response, the 22-year-old mentioned how grass and pollen block his nasal passage and make his eyes itchy. He did clarify, however, that the issues crop up after the end of his matches rather than during them.

The Canadian was also asked to pick his preferred tactic between serve-and-volley and chip-and-charge. Shapovalov went with the former option, pointing out that he is not as good as Roger Federer when it comes to slicing the ball and charging up to the net.

Denis Shapovalov went on to reveal that his dream opponents on grass are Bjorn Borg and Pete Sampras, while also expressing hope of facing Roger Federer some day.

Denis Shapovalov then assembled his ideal grasscourt player. He picked Milos Raonic’s serve, Rafael Nadal’s forehand, Roger Federer’s volley and Novak Djokovic’s return, amongst other shots.

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