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Canada rushes into ATP Cup semifinals

Sydney: Felix Auger Aliassime advances Canada to the ATP Cup semifinals on Thursday, confusing world-third Alexander Zverev 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, the first in his career I won the top five.

Following Britain’s 2-1 victory over the United States at the Qudos Bank Arena, Canada knew that the victory over Germany would seal the semi-finals.

Under pressure, Auger Aliashime helped Denis Shapovalov win over Jan Leonard Straf by showing great resilience against Zverev with the victory of the statement. With his victory, Canada concludes Group C tie 2-0 and will face champion Russia in Sydney on Saturday.

“It feels good to beat Zverev. I played a great match. He is a great player and he has beaten me several times before so I get the job done especially for the team today. It’s nice to be able to do it. It started a tough day a few days ago, so it’s special to have a strong finish and get out to the semis. The last atmosphere was great, that’s our goal. “Felix Auger- Aliassime said in a court interview.

In an interesting match, the 21-year-old recovered from wasting four break points 3-3 in the second set and won with great power and depth in the third set two hours and 32 minutes later.

The 12th-ranked player in the world, who defeated Cameron Norrie in a singles on Tuesday and maintained a bid for the Canadian ATP Cup, was strong overall in the serve, scoring 76% (41/54) points from his first appearance. The 21-year-old maintained a high and consistent level in a tense decision set, reducing the ATP showdown series deficit to 2-4 against the Germans in the seventh game.

This is the first time Canada has reached the last four in a 16-team event. In other semi-finals, Poland will face Spain on Friday.

Previously, Shapovalov boosted Canada’s hopes for the ATP Cup semifinals, overcoming Straf 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-3.

Shapovalov, who made his third appearance in the ATP Cup, made a perfect start to Canada by dictating with an explosive ground stroke against Struff to recover from the singles defeat against Dan Evans. Shapovalov won by dismissing 41 winners after 2 hours and 34 minutes.

“It’s great to be back and playing. There’s a chance. There’s a lot in front of us, but we’re fighting and we’ve been fighting in every match. Felix has a previous tie. It has given us a lot of inspiration in. We are trying to provide everything we have for Canada, “Dennis Shapovalov said in a court interview.

In a high-quality match, Shapovalov and Struff went from toe to toe with a brutal and smashing baseline exchange. However, it was 14th in the world to raise the bar in the third set, preserving all four breakpoints faced by the decider to give Canada an advantage. With the victory, the 22-year-old reduced the deficit of the ATP Head2 Head series to Germans to 3-5.

“I knew I had to fight in every respect. I have a tough record against Struffi, he’s a difficult player to play and he always gives it to me Bring it. It was a great win because I think the level was really, really high, “said Denis Shapovalov of Canada.

In the ATP Cup format, the second single is played first, then the first single and double. Doubles uses ad-free scoring and match tiebreakers instead of the third set.

Each country will play three group plays from January 1st to 6th at the Ken Rosewall Arena and Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney Olympic Park. One team from each of the four groups will compete in the two semi-finals. The two semi-finals will be split into two days (January 7-8) and the final will take place on January 9.

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