Canada defeats Spain to win first ATP Cup title

Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime put in impressive performances against opponents from Spain to win their respective singles matches and pull Canada to the ATP Cup title on Sunday. Shapovalov showed a lot of aggression to beat Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta 6-4 6-3 in the opener in the singles rubber to put Canada one win away from taking the $ 10 million tag team competition. The world number 11 Auger-Aliassime then served strongly to defeat Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 (3) 6-3 and give Canada an unassailable 2- 0 in the lead. Canada, the first team in ATP Cup history to lose a draw en route to the final, were swept away by the United States in their first group game and also lost their first game against the Britain. The story continues under the publicity But Auger-Aliassime and Shapovalov, who had contracted the novel coronavirus before the tournament, rebounded with tied wins against Great Britain, Germany and then last year’s winners, Russia. This trophy looks great with a Canadian flag. Good Sunday ! 👊 # ATPCup— Tennis Canada (@TennisCanada) January 9, 2022 “The emotions are incredible. There is no better feeling than winning. We left everything behind, ”said Auger-Aliassime. “We came a long way in this competition losing our first four matches. But we never stopped believing in it. Trends “I think it’s very important. We trust each other at the highest level… it came down to the perfect result. I’m super excited for everyone in the whole team and myself, of course. 2: 29 No vaccine means no access: tennis champion Novak Djokovic fights expulsion from Australia lost a set all week and with a 4-1 record to 14th-placed Shapovalov. The story continues under the publicity But the 22-year-old southpaw survived a barrage of stoppage chances, including five in the game’s opener, and kept his nerve to clinch the victory in an hour and 38 minutes to give Canada a 1- 0 lead in the tie. “(I had) a little bit of nerves going out. Obviously I have a tough record against Carreno Busta so I knew it would be a tough game,” Shapovalov said. Spain finished second in the ATP Cup for the second time after losing the 2020 final to Serbia. Auger -Aliassime saved 10 of the 11 break points he faced, netted 15 aces against Bautista Agut and another big serve on his second Match point was enough to close the game in two hours and 10 minutes and spark celebrations in the Canadian side. 2:04 Tennis stars Felix Auger-Aliassime and Leyla Fernandez return home after US Open Tennis stars Felix Auger-Aliassime, Leyla Fernandez return home after US Open – September 14, 2021 Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai; editing by Lincoln Feast and Hugh Lawson