21-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic congratulated Canada on winning its first-ever Davis Cup title. On Sunday, Canada defeated Australia 2-0 to become the 16th nation with a title in the competition. Djokovic, who led Serbia to its first Davis Cup title in 2010, was in Malaga watching the final between Canada and Australia.
After Canada wrote tennis history, Djokovic congratulated them in person and later on Twitter. "Congratulations to Davis Cup champions Canada - Vasek Pospisil, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Frank Dancevic, Alexis Galarneau," Djokovic wrote on Twitter.
Vasek Pospisil: Djokovic came to congratulate us
Pospisil, who has a great relationship with Djokovic, revealed that the Serb approached the Canadian team to congratulate them on their big victory.
“He messaged me that he was coming. He then came and congratulated us all which was really cool. It was cool to see him here," Pospisil said, per Gaspar Ribeiro Lanca.
Meanwhile, Canadian team captain Frank Dancevic revealed the team is planning a major celebration.
Pospisil asked about Djokovic coming to watch the final: “He messaged me that he was coming.
He then came and congratulated us all which was really cool. It was cool to see him here”. — Gaspar Ribeiro Lança (@gasparlanca) November 27, 2022
“We haven’t really thought about that, but it’s going to be a big one and I can assure you that we’re definitely not gonna get any sleep until the flight at 6am," Dancevic said.
Denis Shapovalov, who made his Davis Cup debut in 2016, defeated Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-2 6-4 to give Canada an early lead in the final versus Australia.
Canada captain Frank Dancevic asked about how the team is going to celebrate winning the Davis Cup: “We haven’t really though about that, but it’s going to be a big one and I can assure you that we’re definitely not gonna get any sleep until the flight at 6am”.
— Gaspar Ribeiro Lança (@gasparlanca) November 27, 2022
In the following match, Felix Auger-Aliassime ousted Alex de Minaur 6-3 6-4 to complete the win for Canada. En route to winning the Davis Cup title, Canada also defeated Germany in the quarterfinal and Italy in the semifinal, respectively.
Felix Auger-Aliassime, who won three titles during the indoor season and also debuted at the ATP Finals, was absolutely great for Canada in Malaga. At the Davis Cup Finals knockout stage, Auger-Aliassime went 3-0 in his singles matches.
Shapovalov lost his singles matches against Germany and Italy, but he came up big in the final versus Kokkinakis. As a result, Canada will now be known as a nation with a Davis Cup title.