Canada defeats Australia for first Davis Cup title

Peter van den Berg-USA TODAY Sports

Singles wins by Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov clinched Canada’s first-ever Davis Cup championship on Sunday against Australia in Malaga, Spain.

Shapovalov opened the action with a 6-2, 6-4 victory against Thanasi Kokkinakis and Auger-Aliassime followed up with a 6-3, 6-4 defeat of Alex De Minaur. That gave Canada an unassailable 2-0 lead.

“The emotions are tough to describe,” Auger-Aliassime said, per “Denis and I grew up together, dreaming of these types of stages, dreaming of winning the Davis Cup. It’s a great moment for myself and for the country.”

Auger-Aliassime recorded 22 winners, with six aces, and saved all break points he faced against De Minaur in one hour and 42 minutes.

Shapovalov needed only 90 minutes to dispatch Kokkinakis, finishing with 28 winners and 15 unforced errors. He saved three of the break points he faced.

Canada previously lost in the Davis Cup finals in 2019 against Spain and way back in 1913 against the United States. Auger-Aliassime and Shapovalov were part of the team that lost to Spain.

–Field Level Media

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