Tennis-Shapovalov puts Canada on verge of ATP Cup triumph against Spain

Obviously I've got a tough record against Carreno Busta, so I knew it was going to be a tough match," Shapovalov said. Canada, the first team in the ATP Cup's three-year history to have lost a tie en route to the final, were swept by the United States in their opening group tie and also lost their first match against Britain.


Reuters | Sydney | Updated: 09-01-2022 14:30 IST | Created: 09-01-2022 14:16 IST
Tennis-Shapovalov puts Canada on verge of ATP Cup triumph against Spain
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Denis Shapovalov put in an aggressive display to beat Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta 6-4 6-3 on Sunday and put Canada just one victory away from winning the team-based ATP Cup final. Carreno Busta came into the evening contest at the Ken Rosewall Arena in Sydney brimming with confidence, having not dropped a set all week and with a 4-1 head-to-head record against the 14th-ranked Shapovalov.

But the 22-year-old left-hander survived a barrage of breakpoint chances, including five in the opening game of the match, and held his nerve to claim victory in an hour and 38 minutes to give Canada a 1-0 lead in the tie. "(I had) a few nerves going out. I've got a tough record against Carreno Busta, so I knew it was going to be a tough match," Shapovalov said.

Canada, the first team in the ATP Cup's three-year history to have lost a tie en route to the final, was swept by the United States in their opening group tie and also lost their first match against Britain. But Felix Auger-Aliassime and Shapovalov, who had contracted the novel coronavirus in the leadup to the $10 million team event, bounced back with tie wins over Britain, Germany, and then last year's winners Russia.

"It's a huge win, but we haven't finished the job," Shapovalov said. "We just have to keep going. Hopefully, Felix can pull through. If not, we have a good chance in the doubles. But full faith in Felix. He's an amazing player and I think we have a good chance."

Roberto Bautista Agut, who has been 4-0 this year, will meet Auger-Aliassime in the must-win second singles to keep alive the hopes for Spain and ensure they do not end up as runner-up for a second time after losing 2020 final to Serbia.

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