Davis Cup: Canada’s Auger-Aliassime, Shapovalov obtain childhood dream with first title

Published:Mar 9, 202422:36
Davis Cup: Canada’s Auger-Aliassime, Shapovalov obtain childhood dream with first title

Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov fulfilled a childhood dream on Sunday as they sealed tennis historical past for Canada with a primary Davis Cup title by beating Australia 2-0 in Malaga.

World quantity six Auger-Aliassime eased previous Alex De Minaur 6-3, 6-4 to offer Canada the trophy in Sunday’s last on the expense of 28-time winners Australia.

Earlier Shapovalov had given Canada, crushed finalists in 2019 to Spain, the primary level with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Thanasi Kokkinakis.

“The feelings are robust to explain,” stated 22-year-old Auger-Aliassime.

“Denis and I grew up collectively dreaming of these kind of stage, dreaming of successful the Davis Cup. It’s an ideal second for myself and for the nation.”

De Minaur, ranked 24, paid for failing to transform any of his eight break factors, hitting simply 5 winners as Australia performed their first Davis Cup last since 2003. Auger-Aliassime relied on his constant serve with six aces and strong baseline play.

Shapovalov in the meantime was fuelled by his need for a primary singles win this week.

“Two robust losses this week and I’m very proud of the best way I performed as we speak to get the win,” stated the 23-year-old.

“It helped me being within the last earlier than. Final time it was all sort of new, we have been relieved simply to be there however as we speak we’re very a lot going for the trophy.”

‘Super chemistry’

The 18th-ranked Canadian had been out of types in a semi-final defeat to Italy on Saturday however hit again in opposition to Kokkinakis with 23 winners to the Australian’s 5.

Shapovalov raced to a 4-0 lead after quarter of an hour in Malaga, sealing the primary set along with his ninth winner after half an hour.

The Canadian staved off three break factors within the fourth sport of the second set.

Kokkinakis dug in to transform his first break level of 4 when Shapovalov was serving for the match and held serve however the Canadian was to not be denied sealing victory on his second match level.

“It was robust to lose in 2019, it was an empty feeling and we needed it badly this time, stated Shapovalov.

Canada had come a good distance since they have been eradicated in qualifying by the Netherlands again in March earlier than being handed a wild card into the finals after the exclusion of Russia and Belarus following the invasion of Ukraine.

Canada then completed second in Group B behind Spain in September, earlier than eliminating Germany within the quarter-finals (2-1) and Italy within the semi-finals (2-1) earlier this week.

On Sunday, Canada’s 2-0 unassailable lead meant that the ultimate doubles rubber didn't have to be performed.

“We’ve been dreaming about this for a number of years,” stated 32-year-old doubles specialist Vasek Pospisil.

“To be right here as world champions I’m speechless. These guys should not youngsters any extra. They’ve been crushing it. You may’t win this occasion with out great group chemistry.”

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Publish date: 2022-11-27 23:24:02
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