Maple Leaf rules: Felix Auger-Aliassime clinches the ATP Cup for Canada over Spain

SYDNEY, Australia – Felix Auger-Aliassime clinched the ATP Cup for Canada on Sunday with a 7-6 (3) 6-3 singles victory over Roberto Bautista Agut to give his country an unbeatable 2-0 lead over Spain.

Denis Shapovalov opened the Canada game with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Pablo Carreno Busta.

Auger-Aliassim and Shapovalov won the crucial doubles match against Russia on Saturday in the semi-finals to eliminate the defending champions. With the title on the line, they played their best tennis to defeat two-time finalist Spain.

“The emotions are incredible,” Auger-Aliassime said on the ATP’s website. “There is no better feeling than winning. We left it all there. We came back from afar in this competition, and lost our first four matches. But we didn’t stop believing.”

Auger-Aliassime saved 10 of the 11 break points he faced and had 15 aces.

Shapovalov had lost four of his previous five matches against Karino Busta.

“We could not have wished for a better start. If it had not been for Denis for the past two days, we would not be here now,” said Auger-Aliassime.

– This report was first published by The Associated Press on January 9, 2021.

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