Canada wins its very first ATP Cup title!
Félix Auger-Aliassime, Denis Shapovalov, Brayden Schnur and Steven Diez will bring the equipment home after an incredible week of tennis in Sydney, Australia. After being swept aside by the Americans in their opener and facing adversity from the start, Auger-Aliassime and Shapovalov orchestrated an unlikely comeback for Team Canada, winning their next four games en route to the best victory. all-time international men’s team tennis. .
On Saturday, Canada beat defending champions Russia in a decisive and entertaining doubles match 4-6, 7-5, 10-7. Today’s final against Spain was a little less dramatic, with the Canadians only needing two games and four sets to close the deal.
First, Shapovalov faced Pablo Carreno Busta, an opponent he has struggled to play against in the past. Carreno Busta has won four of his previous five meetings, including two in straight sets. The 30-year-old Spaniard couldn’t add to that tally today, as Shapovalov played an outstanding game, registering 8/9 break points and converting 3/6 of his own break point opportunities. A 6-4, 6-3 win over Carreno Busta was Shapovalov’s third singles win this week and the fifth overall win.
After Shapovalov’s fight with Carreno Busta, Auger-Aliassime and Roberto Bautista Agut took to the Ken Rosewall Arena pitch for the final singles match of the tournament. The Canadian recently had the number Bautista Agut, beating the Spaniard in the semifinals in Cologne, Germany in 2020, and emerging victorious in the third round against Bautista Agut at the 2021 US Open. The theme continued. in Sydney, as Auger-Aliassime dominated his opponent and won the ATP Cup for Canada, winning by a score of 7-6 (3), 6-3. Auger-Aliassime notched 15 aces in the win and saved an impressive 10/11 break points in the face.
Once the ceremony on the pitch was over, the players addressed the media and Auger-Aliassime summed up the week perfectly.
“It was a difficult start, but in the end things went well after that first draw that we lost 3-0. We bounced back very well against Great Britain. Then I think from that point on we started to gain more and more confidence. Of course, being so close to being out of the group and then going out, you’re kind of in that survival mode and I think we’ve continued until today.
Getting blanked by the Americans to start the event and close the tournament with a sweep on Spain was a fitting way to end the week for the relentless Canadians.