Canada overcomes loss in the first match and advances to the Davis Cup semifinals with a victory over Germany | CBC Sports

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Denis Shapovalov overcame a loss in the opening singles match and joined Vasek Pospisil in a decisive doubles victory as Canada advanced to the Davis Cup semifinals with a 2-1 victory over Germany on Thursday.

Shapovalov, of Richmond Hill, Ontario, and Pospisil, of Vernon, BC, looked out of reach in the first set against doubles specialists Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz before turning the tables to record a 2-6, 6-3 , 6. -3 win.

Shapovalov froze the tie when his return on match point gave the Canadiens their third break of the match.

“Having Vasek is unbelievable. You know, he’s not only unbelievable for singles, but he’s also very accredited for doubles,” Shapovalov said.

“He’s done really well in the past and he’s shown time and time again why he’s a great player. It was fun sharing the court and cheering each other on. It was definitely amazing to get the win for Canada.” “

Germany had taken a 1-0 lead in the quarterfinal tie when Jan-Lennard Struff held on to beat Shapovalov 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(2) in singles competition.

Montreal’s Felix Auger-Aliassime, the world No. 6, defeated Oscar Otte 7-6(1), 6-4 to set up the dramatic doubles final.

Canada will face Italy in the semifinals on Saturday. Italy advanced with a 2-1 victory over the United States.

CLOCK | Pospisil, Shapovalov help Canada to the semifinals of the Davis Cup final:

Pospisil and Shapovalov send Canada to the semifinals of the Davis Cup final

Vasek Pospisil and Denis Shapovalov defeated Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz of Germany 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the decisive doubles match of the Davis Cup quarterfinals in Malaga, Spain. Canada will face Italy in the semifinals on Saturday.

Australia faces Croatia in the other semi-final. The final is on Sunday.

Canada is looking to advance to the Davis Cup final for the second time in four years. A Canadian team featuring Shapovalov, Auger-Aliassime and Pospisil advanced to the 2019 final, where they lost 2-0 to Spain.

Germany seemed in control after winning a singles match and forcing a doubles decider. Puetz entered the match 12-0 in the Davis Cup doubles competition, while Krawietz was 11-0.

Early, the experienced German tandem took it to the Canadians. Germany scored an early break with Pospisil serving to take a 2-1 lead in the first set, and scored another to go up 5-2 when Pospisil double-faulted. The Germans then completed an easy hold to take the set.

‘They raised their level’

But Pospisil and Shapovalov played with much more energy in the second set, earning a break at 3-1 after a crucial control of Pospisil’s serve in the previous game.

The Canadiens were up 5-2 after a nervous check, with Pospisil fighting off break point and pulling Canada out of a hole with back-to-back aces. After a German control, Shapovalov served for the set and, after committing a double fault on the first set point, served the second.

The result of the second set clearly fired up the Canadians, and they demonstrated it with an impressive break on White to go up 2-1 in the third.

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Auger-Aliassime’s victory draws Canada level with Germany in the Davis Cup quarterfinals

Montreal’s Felix Auger-Aliassime defeated Oscar Otte of Germany 7-6(1), 6-4 to force a decisive doubles match in the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup final in Malaga, Spain.

With her serve humming, Pospisil fired three straight aces as Canada held to go up 5-3. Then, with Germany’s serve facing double match point, Shapovalov emphatically returned a serve from Puetz to send to Canada.

“They raised their level unbelievably,” Germany captain Michael Kohlmann said. “They served very well. We couldn’t have any chance. In the end, we have to say that the Canadians played better than us and they deserved to win.”

Shapovalov showed a remarkable return to form in the doubles after a highly inconsistent singles match in which he alternately looked like a world beater and a no-confidence rookie, sometimes in the same game.

Struff entered the heat ranked world number 152, 124 places behind his opponent. But he was ranked a career-high 29th in 2020 before being hampered by injuries, including a recent foot injury that sidelined him for two months.

He looked strong in the first set, with the 6-foot-4 German’s open serves giving Shapovalov trouble.

Struff took the set with his second break of the match. Shapovalov’s fifth double fault of the match set up a double set point for Struff. The Canadian saved the first set point, but Shapovalov’s seventh unforced error, a routine forehand that went wide, sealed his fate.

Shapovalov missed an opportunity early in the second set when he finished off a volley with a deflected shot on break point. Struff rallied to hold and take a 2-1 set lead.

‘I had to stay alert’

However, the Canadian continued to pressure Struff, finding himself 30-30 in every receiving game. He finally broke through with a break to go up 4-3, beating Struff at the net.

After holds from both players, Shapovalov sealed a 1-1 tie on his second set point with his 10th ace of the match.

Shapovalov’s serve problems returned in the third set, when he hit two double faults to give Struff a 3-1 lead. Shapovalov fought to break Struff serving for the match, but ran out of magic in the ensuing tiebreaker.

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Shapovalov upset by Struff in the opening match of the quarterfinals at the Davis Cup finals

World number 18 Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ontario was defeated by 152 ranked Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(2) in the opening match of the Davis Cup quarterfinals. Cup Finals in Malaga, Spain.

Struff improved to 6-3 in his career against Shapovalov.

Auger-Aliassime had his strong serve working for him early in the match, firing three aces in the third game alone to take a 2-1 lead. He held all of his service games, facing just one break point.

Otte would not go quietly. While he wasn’t as dominant on serve as Auger-Aliassime, he still fought off three break points and denied Auger-Aliassime a chance to open play.

Auger-Aliassime finally brought Otte down and proved her quality by dominating the first set tiebreaker. Establishing set point by winning points on three of Otte’s four serves, the Canadian took the set with his ninth ace.

The Canadian got a break to go up 4-3 in the set, and that was all it took. Auger-Aliassime served to love in the final game, setting up match point with his fifteenth ace.

“I felt that when the ball was in play and I was able to build the rallies, I was winning more rallies than he was,” Auger-Aliassime said. “He’s in the top, I don’t know, 50 or something, so any player in that ranking can be dangerous on any given day. I had to be careful and stay alert.”

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