Canada lifted the Davis Cup for the primary time of their nation’s historical past after beating Australia in consecutive matches in Malaga.
Denis Shapovalov obtained them off to a successful begin with victory over Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-2 6-4.
The 23-year-old – 18th within the ATP rankings – pulled forward early in opposition to his opponent, breaking the Australian twice to take a 4-0 lead and took 32 minutes to finish the set.
Shapovalov missed his first alternative to serve for the match at 5-2 within the second, as an alternative permitting Kokkinakis to interrupt again and ultimately reduce his result in 5-4.
He made no mistake the second time of asking, nevertheless, and arrange Felix Auger-Aliassime for the successful match.
The Montreal native, ranked sixth, had overwhelmed opponent Alex de Minaur in straight units earlier this yr in Cincinnati and hoped to recreate his success to snap Canada’s 109-year streak and not using a trophy.
He did so handily, hitting six aces and 16 winners with out seeing his serve damaged, en path to a 6-3 6-4 victory to clinch the title for a Canadian crew that additionally included Vasek Pospisil, Alexis Galarneau and Gabriel Diallo.
“The feelings are robust to explain,” Auger-Aliassime advised the Davis Cup media channel. “I feel all of us right here, we have dreamt of this second.
“I imply these guys round me, besides Vasek, he is a bit bit older than me, however we grew up collectively from the ages of seven, eight years outdated, again in Canada dreaming of being on this stage, successful these kinds of matches, successful the Davis Cup, so it is actually a dream come true.
“For me personally and all of the crew, that is what we play for, that is what sport is for, tennis is for, so it was an incredible second. A terrific second for myself and the nation.”