Sydney [Australia], Jan. 9 (ANI): Felix Auger-Aliassime won the ATP Cup title for Canada on Sunday night with a 7-6 (3), 6-3 win over Roberto Bautista Agut to give his country a 2- win 0 against Spain.
Canada lost its first four games in this year’s competition and could have been eliminated before playing in Group C game three. But thanks to favorable results, the Canadians still had a chance and they took advantage.
Auger-Aliassime and Shapovalov won a decisive double against Russia on Saturday to eliminate the defending champions. And with the trophy up for grabs, they played their best tennis to defeat double-finalist Spain.
“The emotions are incredible. There is no better feeling than winning. We left everything behind. We came a long way in this competition, losing our first four games. But we never stopped. believe it, ”said Auger-Aliassime. “I think it’s very important. We trust each other at the highest level. Denis and I, everyone in the squad – Brayden [Schnur] played in singles, Steven [Diez] played doubles and they supported us all week. They have a tournament next week, but they are there every day ready to train, ready to support us. I’m super excited for everyone in the whole team and myself, of course, ”he added.
Earlier in the game, Shapovalov won the No.2 singles match with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Pablo Carreno Busta. Carreno Busta entered the No.2 singles showdown with a 4-1 ATP Head2Head lead over his 22-year-old opponent. Two of the Canadiens’ losses came in the fourth round or later at the US Open.
But Shapovalov shone brilliantly on the big stage at Sydney Olympic Park, where he put his high-flying game to good use for an hour and 39 minutes. The dynamic southpaw saved eight of the nine break points he faced to triumph. (ANI)