Canadian kids Félix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov had contrasting reactions to their semifinal defeats at the Miami Open.
Which makes complete sense, given how differently both of those matches played out.
Auger-Aliassime had an opportunity to serve out both sets against American John Isner.
So it was an big opportunity lost. Isner had been broken just twice in all his previous matches. And the 18-year-old did it twice in one match.
Shortly after the match, Auger-Aliassime still almost couldn’t believe how the nerves hit him at just the wrong time.
Shapovalov has joked before the match against Federer that his best tactic would be to put on a pair of sunglasses that would blur the opponent on the other side of the net so he couldn’t see who he was playing.
So you could almost see it coming. Still, he took it beautifully.
You know that the next time Shapovalov has the opportunity to play Federer, he will be far less … star-struck and will give a much better account of himself.
And here’s Shapovalov.