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Canada has become the first Davis Cup finalist on Saturday afternoon, after defeating Russia's doubles decisive point (6-3, 3-6 and 7-6) . Denis Shapovalov and Vasek Pospisil, as has happened throughout the week, formed the tandem in the crucial duel and surpassed the Russians by Andrey Rublev and Karen Khashanov, who had also played it all. The final will be played this Sunday (4:00 pm, Vamos) against the winner of the tie between Great Britain and Spain.
There was no use for Russia's morning victory for Rublev against Pospisil (6-4 and 6-4) . The young Muscovite, number 23 in the world, leaves the tournament without losing a single game of singles (four wins in four games). On the contrary, precisely, that his partner Khashanov, who has not once tasted victory in singles. In the second turn, with Shapovalov as a rival, he fell again 4-6, 6-4 and 4-6. A real nightmare tournament for the giant Muscovite, denied on the track without Rublev at his side.
Everything had to be decided in the doubles match. And that was when the fatigue appeared in the Russian team, an orphan without its number 1, Daniil Medvedev . Rublev ceded his service in the first game and from there the company leaned uphill. Pospisil dominated the net while Shapovalov released his left-handed millimeter in the rest to close the first set with a blunt 6-3.
With the track Manolo Santana still half empty and with the fans in the surroundings waiting for the start of the other semifinal, the Canadian couple could stop the attempt of Russian uprising, which took the second sleeve (3-6). Khashanov, discussion with the chair judge included , maintained his service with much suffering in the eighth game of the third set. All roads seemed to guide the game to the decisive tie-break. And there, Rublev, who had played an immaculate Davis to date, gave the final to the Canadians with a setback that went to the bottom of the track.
The Canadian national team, led by the young Frank Dancevic (34 years old), sneaks for the first time in its history in a Davis Cup final. His best result so far in this competition were two semifinals, reached in 1913 and 2013. The American team has a golden opportunity: to raise the salad bowl. Something else that seemed more than unlikely in the previous tournament. A low profile team, without top10 players, that has fully exploited two of its four players. Moreover, his captain preferred not to play the doubles match of the first phase against the United States, despite having two spare parts. Those two substitutes, Felix Auger-Aliassime (injured in his left ankle) and Brayden Schnur, have not played a single game. And it doesn't seem like they will, of course.
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