January 19, 2022

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Canada in the ATP Cup Final

Canada in the ATP Cup Final

Despite many difficulties, Felix Agar-Aliassim and Denis Shapovalov were able to perform well in their decisive doubles match, helping Canada qualify for the ATP Cup Final in Sydney, Australia from Friday to Saturday night.

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The Canadians won the decisive game 4-6, 7-5, 10-7 in a super break over Russia’s Daniel Medvedev and Roman Safiulin.

“FAA” and “Shapo” worked very hard to adjust in the first set, there were more aggressive services from the Russians. Agar-aliasim fought back in the second set thanks to the dominant serve, which allowed the Maple Leaf representatives to reach the Super Break.

In the final confrontation, Shapovalov hit the last nail in the coffin of Medvedev and Safiulin with a majestic diving volley.

Shapovalov works hard

The Canada-Russia series started with Shapovalov, who struggled hard, but eventually beat Safiulin 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 in three sets on Friday midnight to give the Canadians the first point.

Despite facing an opponent 153 places behind him in the ATP Standings, it took more than 2 hours and 30 minutes for the 14th rocket in the world to secure victory.

Shapovalov, who was honored in the first set with a break in the third game, was unable to play in the same round in the next round. Instead, Safiullin held the only break on set in the 12th and final game. The same situation was repeated in the third set, with only one break in the game. The purpose of “Shapo” in the seventh game.

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The Canadian did relatively well in his serve, winning 51 of 67 rallies when his first ball was in the game.

“FAA” dominated

Moments later, Cubeser Felix Agar-Aliassim crashed into the wall against dominant Daniel Medvedev. He lost 6-4 and 6-0.

The first round was played very hard and fast, with the only break recorded in the whole round benefiting the Russians. He only needs 39 minutes to get rid of his opponent. Kubeser did nothing in the second round, while Medvedev gave absolutely nothing to the 11th rocket in the world.

Canada will face Spain in the final.