Canada claimed the third and final edition of the ATP Cup in January, beating Spain 2-0 to lift the trophy. Thus, Canada joined Serbia and Russia in the list of champions. The Canadians got off to a slow start and lost 3-0 to the USA.
They raised their level and defeated Great Britain in the decisive doubles match to keep their chances alive. Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov secured a place in the last four with a win over Germany, taking on defending champions Russia.
The young pair defeated Daniil Medvedev and Roman Safiullin in the decisive doubles match to book a place in the title clash against Spain. Shapovalov and Auger-Aliassime defeated Pablo Carreno Busta and Roberto Bautista Agut to clinch the Canadian title and kick off a massive celebration ahead of the first Major of the season.
Canada secured the third edition of the ATP Cup in Sydney.
Shapovalov defeated Carreno Busta 6-4, 6-3 in one hour and 38 minutes in the opener to put Canada in front. The Canadian fended off eight of nine break chances and secured three breaks of six chances to seal the deal in straight sets.
Denis fended off five break chances in the first game of the encounter and brought it home with a game-winning volley after 14 minutes. Pablo saved two break points in game two, and both served well from game six to stay neck-and-neck.
Shapovalov secured a break at 15 in the 10th game following a forehand error by Carreno Busta for 6-4 in 54 minutes. The younger player gained momentum and pinned a backhand winner in the fourth game of the second set to open up a massive gap.
Carreño Busta recovered the break in game seven when Shapovalov made a forehand error. However, the Spaniard broke into the next after the Canadian’s right on the bullet line. Serving for the win, Denis held at 30 in game nine after excellent defense to propel Canada in front and make things easier for Felix Auger-Aliassime.
The young Canadian defeated the more experienced Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6, 6-3 in two hours and nine minutes in the second match to clinch the crown for his country. Felix fired 15 aces and saved ten of 11 break chances to add to the pressure on the other side.
He broke Bautista Agut twice to seal the deal and send his country over the top. Auger-Aliassime had a huge advantage at shorter range down to four shots thanks to his booming serve. He prevailed at the decisive moments to start a huge celebration with his teammates.
The Canadian fended off five break chances at 3-4 in the first set and closed it out with a big winner for a massive hold. Felix won the tiebreaker 7-3 after a forced error by Roberto to end a grueling first match in one hour and 25 minutes!
Auger-Aliassime held love in the seventh game of the second set with an ace and kept up the pressure on the other side. He broke Bautista Agut at 15 in game eight to build the crucial lead and sealed the deal with a hold at 15 minutes later to celebrate the title at the last ATP Cup.