Canada picked up a hard-fought victory over Italy to set up a meeting with Australia in the Davis Cup final in Malaga.
Lorenzo Sonego had given the Italians the upper hand with a 7-6(4) 6-7(5) 6-4 victory over Denis Shapovalov in the opening singles match, which lasted over three hours and ended by a disappointing double fault from world number 18.
However, Felix Auger-Aliassime had a much easier time on the pitch beating Lorenzo Musetti 6-3 6-4 to level things up for Canada and lead the semi-final to a decisive double.
World number six Auger-Aliassime then teamed up with Vasek Pospisil to pull off a remarkable comeback for the Canadians as the pair won a 7-6(2) 7-5 win over Matteo Berrettini and Fabio Fognini to book a up against Australia on Sunday. strong test.
After an early break in the first set, Auger-Aliassime let out a triumphant roar as he converted a break point with a forehand winner in the sixth game and never lifted his foot, sealing the tiebreaker with an ace .
Auger-Aliassime, sixth in the singles standings, exploited his powerful serve to fend off three break points in the final game and celebrated with a bump to the chest with Pospisil, who excelled in the competition despite starting the week without no clothes after the loss of his bags. en route to a Challenger Tour event.
“The Davis Cup is always a crazy week and I would say the most fun, as a player,” Pospisil said.
Auger-Aliassime was replaced at the last minute in the doubles team after compatriot Shapovalov lost earlier in the day in a physically taxing marathon match.
“We knew this week that we could make changes depending on how singles was going and I just feel like the whole team connected around this idea and there was no ego in the wrong places,” Auger-Aliassime said.
“Everyone just has a clear idea of the main objective, which is to lift the cup tomorrow.”
The Australians had secured their first Davis Cup final appearance in 19 years on Friday when they edged out Croatia in the opening semi-final.
The Canadians will be chasing their first title in the men’s team competition when they face 28-time champion Australia.