Davis Cup: De Minaur comeback not enough for Australia as Canada books semifinal berth

Alex de Minaur's comeback win was not enough to inspire Australia, as Canada became the first team to book a semi-final berth in Madrid.

Published : Nov 22, 2019 08:01 IST

Canada defeated Australia in the Davis Cup quarter-finals
Canada defeated Australia in the Davis Cup quarter-finals

Canada defeated Australia in the Davis Cup quarter-finals

Denis Shapovalov and Vasek Pospisil sent Australia packing as Alex de Minaur's singles victory proved fruitless in the first Davis Cup quarterfinal.

With Pospisil defeating John Millman 7-6 (9-7), 6-4 in the opening match, Australia relied on a comeback from De Minaur to haul itself level.

Next Gen ATP Finals runner up De Minaur – Australia's star player in Thursday's tie with Nick Kyrgios sitting out – did it the hard way, coming from a set down to beat Shapovalov 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 and tee up a deciding doubles encounter.

But Canada was too good in the doubles – Pospisil picking up where he left off while Shapovalov bounced back from his loss in style via a 6-4, 6-4 win.


A break of serve in the opening game against Australian counterparts Jordan Thompson and John Peers paved the way for the pair to claim the first set with ease.

Thompson and Peers looked set to take the match all the way when they earned a 3-0 lead in set two, only for Shapovalov and Pospisil to restore parity before pushing on to seal progression with their first match point.

Serbia plays Russia, Argentina faces Spain and Great Britain goes up against Germany in the other quarterfinal ties, which will be played on Friday.

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