Canada on brink of ATP Cup triumph
Murray Wenzel |
Playing captain Felix Auger-Aliassime can seal a maiden ATP Cup triumph for Canada after fellow young gun Denis Shapovalov put his country one win away from the trophy.
Left-handed talent Shapovalov was too good for Spanish mainstay Pablo Carreno Busta in Sydney on Sunday night, clinching the crucial first rubber 6-4 6-3.
It leaves 21-year-old world No.11 Auger-Aliassime, in dual roles as Canada’s captain and lead player, with the chance to secure the tie against in-form Roberto Bautista Agut.
If Bautista Agut squares the ledger, the Cup will be decided in a winner-takes-all doubles battle.
The young Canadian pair emerged from a stacked group to make the final four, then beat defending champions Russia in a tense, live doubles contest to reach a maiden Cup final.
Spain, missing Rafael Nadal as his preparation was hampered by a positive COVID-19 case, have remained dominant thanks to the world’s No.19 and 20.AAP