The Canadians saw off Australia in the final by winning both singles matches to win the team event
for the first time.
Canada won the Davis Cup for the first time by beating Australia in the final in Malaga.
In the opening singles match, Denis Shapovalov made up for his defeat in the semi-finals with a 6-2 6-
4 win over Thanasi Kokkinakis.
His Canadian team-mate Felix Auger-Aliassime then beat Alex de Minaur 6-3 6-4, to give his country
an unassailable lead.
Afterwards, the world number six took to Twitter and said winning the title was “an absolute dream”
while thanking his team-mates. “No words… memories for a lifetime,” he added.
Shapovalov was equally overwhelmed. “We grew up dreaming this, wanting to be part of the team
that tried to win Canada its first Davis Cup,” he tweeted. “Hard to explain how surreal it is, just
grateful for everyone who got us here.”
The tournament is well over 100 years old and this was only Canada’s second ever appearance in the
final of the event, which this year took place in Southern Spain.
Their first appearance came just three years ago, ending in heartbreak against a Spanish team
inspired by Rafael Nadal.
But this time, Canada emerged successful at the expense of 28-time champions Australia.
In the opening match, Shapovalov took a 4-0 lead against Kokkinakis and never looked back, seizing
the advantage in the second set, meaning Canada had to win just one of the two remaining matches
And Auger-Aliassime rendered the third match, a doubles event, meaningless, by winning his match
against world number 24 de Minaur.
Australia captain Lleyton Hewitt cut a disconsolate figure afterwards, despite leading his country to
their first final at the showpiece event in 19 years.
“I’m gutted for the boys,” he said. “They’ve put in the commitment and the work and done
absolutely everything right all year.”
“They left it all out there once again. We came up slightly short, but I couldn’t be prouder – and all of
Australia should be proud.”