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‘Shapovalov and Auger-Aliassime will both win Grand Slams’, predicts John McEnroe

John McEnroe believes Canadian duo Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime will both win Grand Slam titles in “the not-too-distant future”.

The seven-time Major singles champion also believes the pair “could go pretty deep” at this year’s Wimbledon and currently gives Shapovalov “a slight edge” over his compatriot.

Shapovalov reached the semi-finals at Queen’s Club last week, while Auger-Aliassime made the last four in Halle.

“[On which of Shapovalov and Auger-Aliassime will have more success on grass] Very tough question. Both of them could go pretty deep in this tournament, without a doubt,” McEnroe told ESPN.

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Auger-Aliassime defeated Roger Federer in the second round of the Noventi Open in Halle

“I think both have made some great strides and progress. Denis is a little more advanced. I’d give him the slight edge. Felix just beat Roger. His confidence is on the rise. He’s looking to be more aggressive and move forward more.  

“It’s a tough call. I would give Denis a slight edge at this particular time. I think both of them are going to win majors at some stage in the not-too-distant future.”

Shapovalov, 22, is ranked No. 12 in the world – while 20-year-old Auger-Aliassime currently sits at 19th in the ATP rankings.

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