Comeback victory for the Canadians who will challenge Italy on Saturday for a place in the final. Shapovalov cross and delight: he loses in singles against Struff, makes up for it with a top-level performance in doubles. The semifinal is scheduled for Saturday from 1pm on Sky Sport Uno, Sky Sport Tennis and streaming on NOW
And the Canada Italy’s Saturday semi-final opponent Davis Cup. In the last quarter-final played in Malaga, the Canadians eliminated Germany from behind, at the end of a match conditioned – for better or for worse – by Denis Shapovalov. First the debacle against Struff, then the show in the decisive doubles.
The surprise Struff, Auger’s answer
Italy in the semifinals, Usa ko 2-1: decisive doubles
The match in Malaga started with a surprise Struff. The Warstein native, a former top 30 player but slipped to no. 152 in the rankings due to recent injuries, beat Denis Shapovalov, winning in three sets after more than two hours. A challenge with a thousand faces, especially in the last set when both players had match points between the ninth and tenth game. The match was then resolved in the tie break, dominated by Struff by 7 points to 2. However, he thought about giving hope to Canada Auger-Aliassime who fulfilled the predictions against Oscar Oct, n. 65 in the world, winning in one hour and 45 minutes with a score of 7-6, 6-4
The double thriller
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Like Italy-USA, even between Germans and Canadians it was twice as decisive. The underdogs hung on the side of Germany since Krawietz and Puetz had never lost in Davis Cup, but Canada succeeded with Pospisil and Shapovalov. Thanks to the latter, who rose to the chair with a top-level performance: 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 the final score and Canada again among the best four after 2019. It will be the third confrontation with Italy: so far the Azzurri have always lost.
Germany-Canada, the results of the matches
Struff (ger) vs Shapovalov (Can) 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(2)
Otte (Ger) vs Auger-Aliassime (Can) 6-7(1), 4-6
Krawietz/Puetz (Germany) vs Pospisil/Shapovalov (Can) 6-2, 3-6, 3-6