Canada outlasts Russia to book historic Davis Cup final berth

A pulsating tie went the way of Canada, which defeated Russia to ensure it will contest the Davis Cup final for the first time ever.

Canada celebrates after beating Russia in the Davis Cup semifinal.   -  Getty Images

Canada won a thrilling tie against Russia to seal a place in the Davis Cup final for the first time on Saturday.

Russia prevailed in a deciding doubles tie-break in an epic contest with Serbia a day earlier but was unable to repeat the trick as Denis Shapovalov and Vasek Pospisil made history for Canada.

The duo secured a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5) triumph over Andrey Rublev and Karen Khachanov in Madrid, despite Pospisil having received treatment on a shoulder injury prior to the final set.

It marked the culmination of a memorable tussle, in which Russia struck first when Rublev earned a fourth singles victory of the week with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Pospisil.

That meant Shapovalov had to defeat Khachanov to keep Canada's hopes alive and things were not looking good when the Russian raced into a 4-1 lead.

Shapovalov rallied brilliantly to take the opener, but succumbed when serving to stay in the second at 5-4 down.

A tense decider went the way of Shapovalov, who celebrated a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 victory in a match featuring 73 unforced errors.

Spain or Great Britain, which contest the other last-four tie, awaits in the final.