ATP Cup: Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime secure Canada's title



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ATP Cup: Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime secure Canada's title

Canada secured the first ATP Cup title at the third edition of the team competition in Sydney, beating Spain 2-0 to lift the trophy and join Serbia and Russia on the list of champions. Canada kicked off the tournament with a convincing 3-0 loss against the USA before they defeated Great Britain in the doubles encounter to keep their chances of reaching the semis alive.

Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov secured a place in the last four with a victory over Germany, and they faced the defending champions Russia in the semis. The young pair ousted Daniil Medvedev and Roman Safiullin in the deciding doubles match to book a place in the title clash against Spain.

Shapovalov and Auger-Aliassime toppled Pablo Carreno Busta and Roberto Bautista Agut to wrap up the title for Canada and start a massive celebration ahead of the season's first Major.

Canada secured the third edition of the ATP Cup in Sydney.

In the first match, Shapovalov ousted Carreno Busta 6-4, 6-3 in an hour and 38 minutes to push Canada in front, fending off eight out of nine break chances and securing three breaks from six opportunities to seal the deal in straight sets.

In the opening game, Denis fended off five break chances and brought it home with a volley winner after 14 minutes to avoid an early setback. Pablo saved two break points in game two, and they both served well from game six to stay neck and neck.

Shapovalov secured a break at 15 in game ten for 6-4 in 54 minutes, gaining a boost and painting a backhand winner in the second set's fourth game to open a massive gap. Carreno Busta pulled the break back in game seven but got broken in the next one after Shapovalov's forehand down the line bullet.

Serving for the victory, Denis held at 30 in game nine to propel Canada in front and make things easier for Felix Auger-Aliassime. In the second encounter, the young Canadian defeated the more experienced Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6, 6-3 in two hours and nine minutes to secure the crown for his country.

Felix fired 15 aces and saved ten out of 11 break chances to mount the pressure on the other side and earn two breaks that carried him over the top. Auger-Aliassime had a massive advantage in the shortest range up to four strokes thanks to his booming serve, prevailing in the decisive moments to emerge at the top.

In the opening set, the Canadian defended five break chances at 3-4 and closed it with a smash winner for a massive hold. Felix won the tie break 7-3 to wrap up a grueling opener in an hour and 25 minutes. Bautista Agut got broken at 3-4 in set number two, and Auger-Aliassime brought the victory home with a hold at 15 in the next one.