Canada raced to a 1-0 lead over 28-time champion Australia in the Davis Cup final on Sunday as Denis Shapovalov downed Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-2 6-4 in a one-sided match in Malaga, Spain to place them on track for his or her first title.
The 2019 runners-up, who overcame Italy in an exhilarating semifinal on Saturday, can declare the crown if world No. 6 six Felix Auger-Aliassime beats Alex de Minaur in the second match on the Palacio de deportes Martin Carpena.
If the tie goes right into a deciding doubles rubber, Auger-Aliassime and Vasek Pospisil are scheduled to tackle Max Purcell and Jordan Thompson.
Shapovalov fell brief in a bodily punishing three-setter towards Lorenzo Sonego in the semifinal, however the 18th-ranked left-hander wasted little time establishing a 4-0 lead in the opening set earlier than Kokkinakis received on the board.
Having wrapped up the set comfortably to place Canada on the entrance foot, Shapovalov broke in the third sport of the second set and didn’t look again as he closed out the victory in 89 minutes.
Australia is seeking to win the title for the primary time since 2003, when captain Lleyton Hewitt was a part of the workforce who defeated Spain in the final.
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