Denis Shapovalov (18-year-old Canadian) defeated Daniil Medvedev in straight sets in the first round, he upset no. 8 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4 6-4 7-6 in the second round.
Frances Tiafoe (19-year-old American) pushed the world No. 3 all the way in a five-set contest but just came up short in a 4-6 6-2 6-1 1-6 6-4 loss.
Denis Shapovalov, an upcoming rising tennis star, has just surprised the whole tennis world. At the age of only 18 years, he has reached a career high ATP ranking of 67. In 2016, he reached no. 2 in the ITF Junior Rankings.
This Canadian junior tennis player has reached the semi-finals of a Masters 1000 tournament early in August 2017. He achieved this at the Rogers Cup, which is held in Montreal, Canada. He was the youngest tennis player to do this, at only 18 years and 119 days! In this tournaments, he defeated players like former grand slam champions, Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro. In last years Rogers Cup, he defeated Nick Kyrgios.
In 2016, he was the winner of the Wimbledon Boys Singles and was only the second Canadian to do so.
Former world No. 1 Mats Wilander said: "He is a completely different level. It's like watching a combination of Nadal and Federer at 18 years old. He has the fire of Nadal and the speed around the court of Nadal and he has the grace of Federer".
Currently, he is playing in the 2017 U.S Open Tennis championships, which is one of the four grand slams. In the first round, he defeated Daniil Medvedev in straight sets. In the second round, he upset no. 8 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France 6-4 6-4 7-6, which is certainly one of the biggest wins for him in his career. Next, he plays Kyle Edmund of Great Britain, who is currently the world no.42.
Frances Tiafoe is the player who almost stopped Roger Federer going to second round in US Open. The 19-year-old American teenager pushed the world No. 3 all the way in a five-set contest under the Arthur Ashe roof but just came up short in a 4-6 6-2 6-1 1-6 6-4 loss.
At the conclusion of their fascinating encounter, Federer embraced Tiafoe at the net and offered him some words of wisdom and the 19-year-old revealed exactly what the 19-time major winner said to him: "Great year so far. You’re only getting better and better. Keep going, you’re going to have one hell of a future." (metro.co.uk)
Tiafoe played Roger at the Miami Open. He lost 7-6, 6-3. But this obviously did not make him back away from this U.S Open encounter with Federer. Actually, it just boosted his confidence to do better.
Tiafoe’s current ATP ranking is 70. But, his highest ranking was no. 60, which he reached in July this year. He is one of Next Gen rising tennis stars and achieved a career high ITF Junior Ranking of 2 when he was only 16 years of age. He beat Alexander Zverev (No.7) at 2017 Cincinnati Masters 1000, 4–6, 6–3, 6–4. It was his first win over a top 10 player and this is why it was the biggest win of his career.
Here is some information about his youth age:
"I’m the son of immigrant parents from Sierra Leone. When I was a kid, my dad got a construction job at College Park Tennis Club (home of the JTCC) in 1999, a new tennis academy in the D.C. area. When the construction was done, he remained at the facility as the maintenance man. While my dad worked, I picked up the game during nights and weekends at the facility when the other kids weren’t around. I’d hit against the wall by myself, mimicking techniques I had seen older boys at the academy do. I’d imagine I was playing against Rafa or Roger in the U.S. Open, that those guys were just on the other side of the wall..." (www.theplayerstribune.com/frances-tiafoe-us-open)