The Australian workforce has completed runners-up within the 2022 Davis Cup competitors, the nation’s greatest end in 19 years.
Malaga, Spain, 28 November 2022 | Leigh Rogers
Australia’s quest to win a twenty ninth Davis Cup title – and first in 19 years – has fallen brief.
Canada was too sturdy within the 2022 Davis Cup ultimate in the present day in Malaga, powering to a 2-0 victory towards the Australian workforce.
Main into the ultimate, Aussie captain Lleyton Hewitt revealed he was cautious of Canada’s “firepower”. And Canadian stars Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime demonstrated precisely why, producing sensational shows to guide their nation to a primary Davis Cup title.
Shapovalov struck 23 winners to 5 in a commanding 6-2 6-4 victory towards Thanasi Kokkinakis within the opening singles rubber.
A shell-shocked Kokkinakis, who had by no means beforehand confronted world No.18 Shapovalov, had no solutions towards his big-hitting opponent.
“I’m only a bit off the tempo for the time being. I haven’t performed sufficient tennis. Haven’t discovered my confidence but,” mentioned world No.95 Kokkinakis.
“I’m fairly flat, to be sincere. All credit score to Denis. He performed effectively. He’s had plenty of matches. He’s an excellent participant.”
Confronted with the problem of needing to beat world No.6 Auger-Aliassime to maintain Australia’s hopes alive, Alex de Minaur produced a spirited effort within the second singles rubber.
Nevertheless, Auger-Aliassime’s relentless strain proved an excessive amount of to deal with.
The in-form 22-year-old Canadian fired 16 winners to 5 to outplay world No.24 De Minaur. This helped Auger-Aliassime file a 6-3 6-4 victory and safe the Davis Cup title for his nation.
Auger-Aliassime thrived below strain, saving all eight break factors he confronted within the high-quality one-hour, 39-minute encounter.
“I simply had one job to do, and that was to get my workforce into the deciding doubles. Sadly, I wasn’t capable of carry out in the present day,” conceded De Minaur.
“You all the time wish to do every part you may in your workforce, and I had probabilities. They only didn’t wish to go my means in the present day.”
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A dissatisfied Hewitt was nonetheless stuffed with reward for his workforce’s effort.
“I’m gutted for the boys,” mentioned Hewitt. “You understand, they put of their dedication and the work, and so they did every part proper. They’ve completed completely every part all 12 months that we now have requested of them as a training employees.
“It’s not about me or the coaches. We simply are attempting to assist these guys get probably the most out of themselves. We’re simply extraordinarily happy with the hassle and the dedication and dedication that these guys have proven.
“They left all of it on the market as soon as once more. We got here up barely brief, however I couldn’t be prouder.”
That is Australia’s twentieth runners-up end, from 48 finals appearances, within the prestigious workforce competitors.
|Australia’s Davis Cup finals appearances
|Champions||1907, 1908, 1909, 1911, 1914, 1919, 1939, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1973, 1977, 1983, 1986, 1999, 2003||28|
|Finalists||1912, 1920, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1936, 1938, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1954, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1990, 1993, 2000, 2001, 2022||20|
As a 2022 finalist, Australia receives direct entry into the 16-nation round-robin stage of the 2023 Davis Cup Finals subsequent September.
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Aussies in motion – 2022 Davis Cup Finals
CANADA d AUSTRALIA 2-0
Denis Shapovalov (CAN) d Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) 6-2 6-4
Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) d Alex de Minaur (AUS) 6-3 6-4
Felix Auger-Aliassime/Vasek Pospisil (CAN) v Max Purcell/Jordan Thompson (AUS) not performed
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