Canada wins Davis Cup behind Felix Auger-Aliassime, Denis Shapovalov

MALAGA, Spain — Canada won its maiden Davis Cup title on Sunday, beating Australia behind victories of Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime.

Auger-Aliassime secured the victory point as he defeated Alex de Minaur 6-3, 6-4 after Shapovalov opened the day by rolling over Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-2, 6-4.

Shapovalov had lost both singles matches this week and required treatment on his back during a three-set loss in Saturday’s semifinals to Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego that lasted 3 hours and 15 minutes. But the left-hander moved quickly around the court on Sunday, setting up angles to edge out the winners while taking a 4-0 lead in the opener.

Auger-Aliassime then capped off an excellent second half of the season with a perfect week in Spain. Twice he had kept the Canadians alive after Shapovalov lost the opening singles and on Saturday he replaced his tired teammate to join Vasek Pospisil for the crucial double.

This time he made sure the double wasn’t even necessary.

https://www.espn.com/tennis/story/_/id/35121694/canada-wins-davis-cup-felix-auger-aliassime-denis-shapovalov Canada wins Davis Cup behind Felix Auger-Aliassime, Denis Shapovalov

Emma Bowman

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