Cup David: Auger-Aliassime and Shapovalov allow Canada to get to the finals

Coupe David: Auger-Aliassime et Shapovalov permettent au Canada d’accéder à la finale

Photo: Vladimir Simicek Agence France-Presse
Félix Auger-Aliassime has allowed Canada to get to the finals of the Davis Cup thanks to its win over Slovakian Norbert Gombos (6-3, 6-4).

Félix Auger-Aliassime has allowed Canada to get to the finals of the Davis Cup thanks to its win over Slovakian Norbert Gombos (6-3, 6-4).

It was the second victory of the day in three games for the Canadiens, who trailed 2-1 in the confrontation of qualification after having lost the doubles 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 early Saturday.

The Ontario Denis Shapovalov had forced the holding of the fifth decisive match by defeating Martin Klizan 7-6 (4), 6-4, which gave the Montreal Auger-Aliassime the opportunity to conclude the match.

Shapovalov and Auger-Aliassime have played all five games in Canada.

Shapovalov, 19 years old, occupies the 25th rank in the world. Auger-Aliassime, who will be 19 in August, is the youngest player in the top-200, which occupies the 106th rank.

Auger-Aliassime, who was making his debut in the Davis Cup during this two-day competition at the NTC Arena, got the breaks against Gombos to take the lead 5-4 in the second round and he has turned the victory on his service.

A canadian team cheering, with Auger-Aliassime in head draped with a Canadian flag, climbed up into the stands after the win to celebrate with the supporters.

Auger-Aliassime has won 82 % of his points with his first serve and converted two of his four bullets break against his opponent ranked 255th rank. The match lasted one hour and 29 minutes.

Canada will play the final of the Davis Cup in Madrid in November.

Earlier Saturday, Shapovalov needed an hour and 45 minutes to come to the end of Klizan, 38th best player in the world. It totaled six aces and 22 hits.

“I think that with the result today, the debate as to whether I can play on clay is permanently closed, said Shapovalov. The level of tennis was very high today. Very pleased to have won the victory for Canada, we really needed it. “

Earlier this week, Hrbaty had said to believe that Klizan was the best player on clay of each team, a comment that Shapovalov said to have used as an additional source of motivation.

“It really inspired me to play my game,” he added. I love to prove people wrong and I think that it has motivated the whole team when he talked before the match. It was an additional motivation for us to prove to him the contrary. “

Shapovalov had given the advantage to Canada in this confrontation, Friday, defeating Filip Horansky at the first single. But Klizan has been due to Auger-Aliassime to tie the game 1-1 at the end of the first day, and the Slovaks have defeated the young Canadians in a double in the first game on Saturday.

The canadian team, led by Frank Dancevic, was deprived of the Ontario’s Milos Raonic, the 15th best player in the world, and Vasek Pospisil of Vancouver, no. 94, made at the back last month. Toronto’s Daniel Nestor, a specialist in the double which was a pillar of the team of Davis Cup for years, retired last year.

It was the first time that Slovakia and Canada clashed in the Davis Cup since 1997. Slovakia had won that encounter 4-1 in Montreal.


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