Lorenzo Sonego battled previous Denis Shapovalov in three units to present Italy a 1-0 benefit over Canada of their Davis Cup semifinal on Saturday.
World quantity 45 Sonego sealed a 7-6 (7/4), 6-7 (5/7), 6-4 victory in 3hr 14min after back-to-back double faults from 18th-ranked Shapovalov, who had received their solely earlier assembly in Rome earlier this 12 months.
Canada will look to maintain their bid to succeed in Sunday’s ultimate alive with world quantity six Felix Auger-Aliassime taking over Italy’s Lorenzo Musetti within the second singles tie.
Shapovalov will then come again on court docket to hitch teammate Vasek Pospisil within the doubles towards Italy’s Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini.
The eventual winners will face 28-time champions Australia who reached their first Davis Cup ultimate since 2003 on Friday with a 2-1 win over final 12 months’s runners-up Croatia.
Italy has reached the finals seven instances, successful the trophy in 1976.
Canada has by no means triumphed within the staff occasion, shedding their solely earlier ultimate in 2019 to Spain.
Eradicated within the qualifying rounds, the Canadians have been handed a wild card.
The invitation to the finals had been initially destined for Serbia, however grew to become vacant when Novak Djokovic’s aspect changed Russia, the holders expelled over the invasion of Ukraine.
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Publish date: 2022-11-26 21:51:45
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