Canada will go for history once again seeking their first Davis Cup title Sunday against Australia in Malaga, Spain.
The Canadians, who finished runner-up in 2019, powered past Italy today 2-1 in the semifinals. Felix Auger-Aliassime tallied both points for Canada winning in singles over Lorenzo Musetti 6-3, 6-4, and then joining Vasek Pospisil to defeat Matteo Berrettini and Fabio Fognini 7-6(2), 7-5.
In the opener, Denis Shapovalov fell to Lorenzo Sonego in three and Canada replaced the lefty in the doubles with Auger-Aliassime and it paid off.
“We knew we could make changes if we needed to. The whole team have connected around this idea – the main goal of lifting the cup tomorrow, there are no egos, and it’s a great feeling,” Auger-Aliassime said.
Australia reached the final on Friday besting Croatia 2-1 from a similar 1-0 deficit. Australia is led by Alex De Minaur who is 10-1 in Davis Cup play.
“I’m just happy to give our country a chance,” said De Minaur. “Very happy with my performance. We play with passion, we play with pride and I know our doubles guys will leave it all out there.”
Australia will bid for their 29th career Davis Cup title, first since 2003 when current captain Lleyton Hewitt was the star.
“It’s been a long time. We’re a very proud Davis Cup nation and I’m very proud of these guys. They deserve to be in the final and in with a chance of winning this thing,” Hewitt said.
De Minaur will be joined by Thanasi Kokkinakis, Max Purcell, Jordan Thompson and Matt Ebden.
The winning team also picks up $2.5M with the runner-ups taking home $1.5M.
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