Novak Djokovic, a 21-time Grand Slam champion, congratulated Canada on winning the first Davis Cup title in its history. On Sunday, Canada defeated Australia 2-0 to become the 16th nation to win 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 the Davis Cup Champions, Canada: Vasek Pospisil, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Frank Dancevic, Alexis Galarneau," Djokovic wrote on Twitter.
Pospisil, who has a great relationship with Djokovic, revealed that the Serb approached the Canadian team to congratulate them on his great victory. "He sent me a message saying that he was coming. Then he came and congratulated us all, which was really cool.
It was great to see him here," Pospisil said, according to Gaspar Ribeiro Lanca. For his part, the captain of the Canadian team, Frank Dancevic, revealed that the team is planning a big celebration. "We haven't really thought about it, but it's going to be a big thing and I can assure you that we definitely won't be sleeping until the 6am flight," 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 against Australia. Felix Auger-Aliassime, who won three titles during the indoor season and also made his ATP Finals debut, was absolutely brilliant for Canada in Malaga.
Wilander on Djokovic
Novak Djokovic's tumultuous 2022 could add "another year or two" to his career, believes Eurosport's Mats Wilander. Speaking to Eurosport about Djokovic's up-and-down year, Wilander said: "Novak has been so close to being allowed to go to the Australian Open and so close to being allowed to go to the US Open, that it would have never affected his training blocks or his practice sessions.
And I think because he wasn't allowed to go, I think obviously physically it might be a tough thing for him to play five sets, seven matches, but he can deal with that. Am I surprised that the younger guys can't hit through him? Sometimes I'm a little surprised, but it's more Novak.
It's insane what he can do in the tennis court with his movement and his defence and most of all, his will to win the 'small matches' to him who is maybe the greatest player of all time. He finds a way to just make it mean everything. I'm so impressed."