Felix Agar-Aliassim and Denis Shapovalov were seen fighting on several occasions in their semi-final decisive doubles match, but they turned the situation around to knock Russia out of the ATP Cup.
The Canadians advanced to the final with a 4-6, 7-5, 10-7 Super Break victory over Daniel Medvedev and Roman Safiullin.
It was a tie after two singles matches, so all four players involved in his first two matches returned in the evening for the final match. The Canadians escaped the first set and it was possible to see the Russians win a little more at the rally. However, thanks to the dominant serve of Agar-Aliassim, he broke at the end of the second set for a super break.
The two Canadians quickly gained control of the final set and in Match Point 2 Shapovalov sent Canada to the final with an excellent diving volley and ended the clash.
Agar-Aliassim had a chance to allow his country to reach the final shortly after the victory over his compatriot Shapovalov, while Kubesar hit the wall with Daniel Medvedev winning 6-4 and 6-0.
The Russian player came out bold in the first round and displayed opportunism. Medvedev recorded the only break of the set in the ninth game and followed suit with a perfect play in his service to measure the first set 6-4 in 39 minutes.
Medvedev continued his demolition work in the second round, doing nothing for the 11th rocket in the world. Agar-Aliassim closed in the second set and had to accept defeat for Medvedev’s dominance. He left only three slim points to his opponent while serving. It only took him 29 minutes to close the books in the second inning.
It took Shapovalov more than two and a half hours to beat Roman Safiulin 167th rocket 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 in the semi-final against Russia. .
ATP Cup: Shapovalov does his part
In a duel that seems unequal at first glance on paper, Shapovalov is no better than the Russian. The Canadian, ranked 14th in the ATP Standings, did not face a bullet point 5-6 in the second inning. Safiulin took advantage of a failed smash from his opponent and forced the final round.
In the third set Safiulin put pressure on his opponent. In the fourth half of the set Shapovalov had to defend six break points and he broke the crucial serve in the seventh game.
Shapovalov put a last stop to his service to push the current ATP Cup champions. Canada finally needed to put an end to this conflict.