Canada stuns Spain to secure second group stage win in Davis Cup final

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VALENCE, September 17, 2022 (Tennis Canada Press Release)

The Canadian team presented by Sobeys remains undefeated in the group stage of the 2022 season Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals after defeating the home side of Spain 2-1 on Friday. In their first draw, the Canadian team beat Korea Republic 2-1 with a pair of wins of Vasek Pospisil (Vernon, BC) singles and doubles (alongside Felix Auger-Aliassime (Montreal, QC)). Their roles were reversed tonight, as Auger-Aliassime played the hero – winning his singles and doubles rubbers.

Pospisil kicked off Friday’s action for Team Canada as they took on 2019 champions Spain. He took Roberto Bautista Agut in what was a fifth meeting between the players. Heading into today’s contest, Pospisil trailed their head-to-head 3-1, however, he won their last encounter at the 2020 US Open. In the end, Pospisil couldn’t make it two in a row against Bautista Agut, losing the two-hour, 11-minute match 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. The Vernon native had an outstanding first set but couldn’t maintain that level of play in the second. In the decision, Bautista Agut was the more consistent of the two and would break Pospisil in the fifth and ninth games to land the first rubber for Spain.

“I think especially at the start of the second set when I got broken, I hardly made any first serves. It really cost me” Pospisil during his post-match press conference. “Then I really felt like, other than the start of the second set, I felt really good when I was connected. Even the start of the third set until two-all, I felt pretty confident, I have to say. I hit the ball very well. I felt like I had the solutions in my game to win the game.

Seeking to tie things up, Canada’s Auger-Aliassime took on the new world No. Carlos Alcaraz in the second game of the day. The two youngsters have faced each other before at the 2021 US Open – Alcaraz having to retire from this contest down 6-3, 3-1 in the second set. Today Auger-Aliassime and Alcaraz needed all three sets to determine a winner, as the nearly three-hour battle finally turned its back on the Canadian, 6-7(3), 6-4, 6- 2. After losing the first set in a tie-break, Auger-Aliassime didn’t let go and went on to play a fantastic match against the top-ranked men’s player. He finished the contest with 16 aces and only one double fault. He also converted 3/6 break points and dismissed all seven break point opportunities he faced.

Much like Team Canada’s matchup against the South Koreans on Tuesday, today’s winner would be determined in the final match of the day – the deciding doubles match. Once again, the captain of Team Canada Frank Dancevic sent its two best players, Auger-Aliassime and Pospisil, to face Spain Marcel Granollers Pujol and PEdro Martinez. The Canadian duo got off to a slow start, dropping their first service game and failing to get a break point chance in the opening set. They regrouped in the second set and smashed their opponents in the 10th game to send the match into a third set. Despite a 5-3 lead, Auger-Aliassime and Pospisil managed to make a remarkable comeback, winning four games in a row to seal the tie against the Spaniards. They played so well in the clutch moments, converting all three of their break point chances – one of which was set point and the other was match point.

The next Group B match for the Canadian Davis Cup team is against Serbia on Saturday (10:00 a.m. EST). With a win over the Serbs, Team Canada will earn their place in the playoffs of the finals in November.

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