Shapovalov, Auger-Aliassime Lead Canada To First Davis Cup Title
by Staff | November 27th, 2022, 10:22 pm
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Canada won their first ever Davis Cup title Sunday cruising past Australia 2-0 in the final played in Malaga, Spain.

Canada swept both singles to clinch the victory. Denis Shapovalov opened things with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Thanasi Kokkinakis.

Felix Auger-Aliassime finished the Australian’s off with an impressive 6-3, 6-4 win over an in-form Alex De Minaur.

“The emotions are tough to describe,” said Auger-Aliassime after. “Denis and I grew up together, dreaming of these types of stage, dreaming of winning the Davis Cup. It’s a great moment for myself and for the country.”

Canada had been to the finals in 2019 but had never claimed the most prestigious team title in tennis. The Australian’s were seeking their first Davis Cup title since 2003.

“It was tough to lose in 2019, it was an empty feeling and we wanted it badly this time,” added Shapovalov.

De Minaur missed all eight break point chances against Auger-Aliassime. The Australian couldn’t keep his team in it and send it to the doubles.

“I just had one job to do, and that was to get my team into the deciding doubles. Sadly, I wasn’t able to perform today,” De Minaur said.

“You always want to do everything you can for your team, and I had chances. They just didn’t want to go my way today.”

Canada defeated Australia 2-0
Palacio de Deportes Jose Maria Martin Carpena, Malaga, Spain
Denis Shapovalov (CAN) d. Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) 6-2 6-4
Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) d. Alex de Minaur (AUS) 6-3 6-4
Felix Auger-Aliassime/Vasek Pospisil (CAN) v Max Purcell/Jordan Thompson (AUS) – not played

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