Canada upsets Spain at 2022 Davis Cup

Felix Auger-Aliassime (Maxwell Fung, Wikimedia Commons)

Team Canada came away with an upset over Spain at the 2022 Davis Cup in Valencia, Spain on Friday. It was a glorious day for Canada’s top male tennis player Felix Auger-Aliassime of Montreal, Quebec. First he beat the number one tennis player in the world and the 2022 United States Open champion Carlos Alcaraz, 6-7, 6-4, 6-2. Then Auger-Aliassime teamed up with Vasek Pospisil of Vernon, British Columbia to beat Marcel Granollers and Pedro Martinez 4-6, 6-4, 7-5.

Canada beat Spain two matches to one. Earlier in the day, Pospisil lost to Roberto Bautista Agut, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.

This was the second time in his career that Auger-Aliassime has beaten Alcaraz. Auger-Aliassime previously beat Alcaraz 6-3, 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the 2021 United States Open. Alcaraz withdrew because of a right thigh injury.

In order for Canada to reach the knockout stage of the 2022 Davis Cup in Malaga, Spain, they will have to win one of their three matches tomorrow against Serbia. Canada’s best chance would be from Auger-Aliassime, who is expected to face Serbia’s Miomir Kecmanovic, the 33rd ranked player in the world. However, one must realize Kecmanovic has beaten Auger-Aliassime in their two prior meetings. Kecmanovic’s first win came in the first round of Cincinnati in 2019, 6-3, 6-3. The second win came in the second round of Miami in 2022, 6-4, 6-2.

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