Davis Cup Finals: Canada Becomes 16Th Country With Title In The Competition

Canada becomes the 16th country to win the competition

Canada won its first Davis Cup title after Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov made a big move in Malaga on Sunday. In the final of the Davis Cup Finals in Malaga, Canada defeated Australia 2-0 to become the 16th nation with a Davis Cup title.

In the first match of the final, Shapovalov defeated Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-2, 6-4. After Shapovalov gave Canada an early lead, Auger-Aliassime secured the crucial second point for Canada by beating Alex de Minaur 6-3, 6-4.

Earlier this week, Canada defeated Germany in the quarterfinals. Then, they posted a tight 2-1 win over Italy to advance to the final.

How did Shapovalov, Auger-Aliassime win their matches?

Shapovalov got off to an outstanding start to his match against Kokkinakis, claiming back-to-back breaks to open up an early 4-0 lead.

Through a double break, Shapovalov routinely held on to serve for the remainder of the set to win the opening set. After easily winning the first set, Shapovalov earned the first break of the second set in the third game to take a 2-1 set lead.

In the fourth game, Kokkinakis had his first break points of the match, but Shapovalov saved three break points to open a 3-1 lead in the second set. Shapovalov broke Kokkinakis again in the seventh game to open up a double-break lead, but he failed to serve for the match in the eighth game.

Shapovalov may not have served for the match on his first attempt, but he made no mistake when he served for the match for the second time in the 10th game. Meanwhile, Auger-Aliassime didn’t really have an easy start to the match against Alex de Minaur.

After saving two consecutive break points in the first set, Auger-Aliassime also saved a break point in the third game. Auger-Aliassime, who was under pressure on his serve at the start of the match, earned the opener break in the eighth game to take a 5-3 lead before serving for the opener in the ninth game.

Auger-Aliassime also faced break points in the second set, but again she saved them all: she saved two straight break points in the second game and three straight break points in the sixth game. Auger-Aliassime earned the only break of the second set in the third game, and since he saved all five break points, he was able to close out the match in straight sets.

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