Tennis – ATP Cup – Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney, Australia – January 9, 2022 Canada’s Denis Shapovalov in action during his final single match against Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta REUTERS / Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
SYDNEY: Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime have shown sovereign performances against Spanish opponents to win their respective individual games and to fire Canada to the ATP Cup title on Sunday.
Shapovalov showed a lot of aggression when he beat the Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta in the opening singles with 6 : 4 and 6: 3 defeated.
The number 11 in the world, Auger-Aliassime, then defeated Roberto Bautista Agut 7: 6 (3), 6: 3 and put Canada 2: 0 ahead. </ Canada, the first team in the three-year history of the ATP Cup to lose a draw on the way to the final, was defeated by the USA in the group opener and also lost its first game against Great Britain.
But Felix Auger-Aliassime and Shapovalov, who dealt with in the run-up to the tournament infected with the novel coronavirus, recovered with a tie over Great Britain, Germany and then last year’s winner Russia.
« The emotions are unbelievable. There is no better feeling than winning. We left everything out, « said Auger-Aliassime. » We came back from a long way in this competition and lost our first four games. But we never stopped believing.
« I think that’s very important. We trust each other at the highest level … it just came down to the perfect result. I’m really happy for everyone in the team and of course for myself himself. «
Carreno Busta went confidently into the evening competition at the Ken Rosewall Arena in Sydney after not losing a set in a week and a 4-1 head-to-head record against the 14th Shapovalov But the 22-year-old left-hander survived a spate of breakpoint opportunities, including five in the game’s opening game, and kept his nerve to take the win in an hour and 38 minutes and Canada 1-0 in Bringing lead tie.
« (I was) a bit nervous. Obviously I have a tough record against Carreno Busta so I knew it was going to be a tough game, » said Shapovalov.
Spain became runner-up in the ATP Cup for the second time after the 2020 final against Serbia ver loren.
Auger-Aliassime saved 10 of the 11 breakpoints he faced, hit 15 aces against Bautista Agut and another big serve on his second matchpoint was enough to win the match in two hours and 10 minutes end and trigger celebrations in the Canadian camp.
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