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Shapovalov gave the advantage to Canada with a win of 6-4 and 7-5 at the expense of Filip Horansky.
Canada and Slovakia have divided the honors of the first two singles in the first day of their confrontation of qualification of the Davis Cup, paving the way for a crucial game of a double that will test the talent of the young Denis Shapovalov and Félix Auger-Aliassime.
Shapovalov has given us the advantage in Canada with a win of 6-4 and 7-5 at the expense of Filip Horansky. But Martin Klizan has then been due to Auger-Aliassime 7-5, 6-3 to tie the game.
The young duo will most likely be put to the test when the duel will resume Saturday. The two players will join their efforts in the face of Filip Polasek and Igor Zelenay, and Shapovalov is designated to face Klizan, and Auger-Aliassime has an appointment with Horansky in the simple reversed.
The winning team will qualify for the final of the Davis Cup which will be held next November in Madrid.
“The simple and the double on the same day, this is nothing new, said Auger-Aliassime. Obviously, the two teams will have trouble, but we need to be at our best level. “
The captain of the team, Frank Dancevic, has said that no change is expected on Saturday.
Shapovalov, 19 years old and a native of Richmond Hill, Ontario, has been due to Horansky, ranked 219th in the world ranking, during the first career match between the two. Shapovalov got the breaks against Horansky twice and it has cleared the three-ball break against him in a match that lasted 82 minutes. “I think he has played as a player in the top-50, said Shapovalov. “
“I was very well served, which has enabled me to win important points and continue to put pressure on him. I think my experience helped me a lot today. “
Auger-Aliassime, 18 years of age and ranked 106th in the world ranking, has started his match against Klizan, possessing a rapid advance of 5-2 in the first set before losing five games in a row against the Slovak, the 38th best player in the world.
Klizan had three breaks against Auger-Aliassime in the second set, including the decisive game to conclude the match in 96 minutes.
Auger-Aliassime, who made his debut in the Davis Cup, has committed 45 unforced errors in the match, compared to 32 for Klizan.
“I believe that he managed to find his rhythm and began to apply pressure, has recognized Auger-Aliassime. I missed my chance at 5-2, 0-30 on his service. I had the wind in the sails, but from this moment on, he has upped his game and played better and better. “