Felix Auger-Aliassime credits Denis Shapovalov for Canada's ATP Cup victory
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World No. 11 Felix Auger-Aliassime said he was super thrilled after winning the ATP Cup and added trusting each other was the key in Canada's victory in Sydney. Auger-Aliassime, 21, beat world No. 19 Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 (3) 6-3 on Sunday.
Auger-Aliassime's win over Bautista Agut sealed victory for Canada as Denis Shapovalov beat Pablo Carreno Busta in the opening match of the ATP Cup final. “The emotions are unbelievable. There’s no better feeling than winning.
We left everything out there. We came back from far in this competition, losing our first four matches. But we never stopped believing,” Auger-Aliassime said, per the ATP Cup website. “I think that’s very important.
We trust each other to the highest level. Denis and I, everybody in the team — Brayden [Schnur] played in singles, Steven [Diez] played in doubles and they’ve been supporting us all week. They’ve got a tournament next week, but they’re here every day ready to practise, ready to support us.
“All their egos are aside and we really trusted each other along the way and it came down to the perfect result. I’m super thrilled for everybody in the whole team and myself, of course”.
Auger-Aliassime gave credit to Shapovalov
Shapovalov came up big for Canada in the semifinal and final.
In the semifinal, Shapovalov beat Roman Safiullin and then won the decisive doubles match with Auger-Aliassime. Shapovalov then also delivered in the final as he beat Carreno Busta to give Canada an early lead. “Couldn’t have wished for a better start.
If it wasn’t for Denis the past two days, we wouldn’t be here right now. I’d like to congratulate him. He’s been unbelievable," Auger-Aliassime said. "He lost the past few times against Carreno and today he won in straight sets. Not with ease, but the way he can play he won in a good way, so honestly all credit to him”.