Canada Beats Spain To Clinch First ATP Cup Title
Felix Auger-Aliassime clinched the ATP Cup title for Canada on Sunday evening with a 7-6(3), 6-3 victory against Roberto Bautista Agut to give his country a 2-0 win against Spain.
On Saturday, Canada upset defending champions Russia in an entertaining deciding double match 4-6, 7-5, 10-7. Yesterday’s final against Spain was a little less dramatic, as the Canadians only needed two matches and four sets to seal the deal.
First up, Shapovalov faced Pablo Carreno Busta, an opponent he’s struggled to play against in the past. Carreno Busta won four of their previous five meetings, including two in straight sets. The 30-year-old Spaniard didn’t get to add to that total yesterday, as Shapovalov played an outstanding match, saving 8/9 break points and converting on 3/6 of his own break point opportunities. A 6-4, 6-3 victory against Carreno Busta was Shapovalov’s third win in singles this week and fifth win overall.
“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. “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.”
“Definitely huge credits to everyone on the team for believing and fighting and putting the work in,” Shapovalov said. “I mean these guys did such an amazing job on the bench and obviously Felix on the court. “I mean it was just a great team effort.”
It was Canada’s first appearance in the ATP Cup final. Rafael Nadal anchored Spain to a 2-0 win over Canada when the teams met in the Davis Cup final in 2019.