Auger-Aliassime, Shapovalov give Canada 1st Davis Cup title

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MALAGA, Spain –


Canada gained its first Davis Cup title on Sunday, beating Australia behind victories from Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime.


Montreal’s Auger-Aliassime beat Australia’s Alex de Minaur 6-4, 6-3 on Sunday to clinch Canada’s first Davis Cup championship.


Shapovalov, from Richmond Hill, Ont., gained Canada’s first singles match — 6-2, 6-4 over Thanasi Kokkinakis — on Sunday.


“The feelings are robust to explain,” stated Auger-Aliassime. “We grew up collectively, dreaming about being on this stage, successful all these matches, successful the Davis Cup. It’s actually a dream come true. That’s what we play for. That’s what sport is for. It was a terrific moment for us and for the nation.”


Shapovalov had dropped each his singles matches this week and wanted remedy on his again throughout a three-set loss Saturday within the semifinals to Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego that lasted 3 hours, quarter-hour. But the left-hander moved shortly across the courtroom Sunday, establishing angles to place away winners whereas racing to a 4-0 lead within the first set.


“(I’m) positively glad to get a singles win for the workforce. You know, I felt shut the final two matches. The video games have been good, however simply wasn’t in a position to recover from the end line,” stated Shapovalov.


Auger-Aliassime then completed off his very good second half of the season by finishing an ideal week in Spain. He twice had stored the Canadians alive after Shapovalov dropped the opening singles match, and on Saturday he changed his weary teammate to affix Vasek Pospisil for the decisive doubles level.


This time, he made certain the doubles match would not even be crucial.


It was Canada’s second Davis Cup remaining look in 4 years.


A Canadian squad that includes Shapovalov, Auger-Aliassime and Vasek Pospisil superior to the 2019 remaining, the place it misplaced 2-0 to Spain.


“Vasek has been a part of Davis Cup for a few years, gained many matches. I bear in mind as a child watching him play. Won a whole lot of clutch matches. Then to have all the remainder of younger guys arising and enjoying properly. It’s a particular workforce” stated Auger-Aliassime. “Hopefully, you realize, we’re in a position to deliver this very far, you realize, this technology.


With the win, Canada has routinely certified for the 2023 Davis Cup Finals.


With recordsdata from The Associated Press


This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed Nov. 27, 2022

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