Shapovalov and Auger-Aliassime lift Canada past Russia into ATP Cup final with crucial win in doubles
The crucial match in the ATP Cup semifinals ended up being the doubles match where both teams had a chance to win but it was the Canadians that prevailed. All four players played a match before so both pairings were kind of tired by the time they stepped out onto the court again. Initially, it was the Russian that proved better.
They took the first lead and held it for the majority of the set. Canada had several chances to break back but the Russian were able to win all three deciding points in the first set. The 2nd set saw a very strong play by team Canada as they did not allow a single break point all set long. The Russians started slipping a bit and while they held off their opponents they lost their serve towards the end of the set.
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As the Canadians were leading 6-5 when the break happened, they secured the 2nd set and forced a decider. In the 3rd set, it was the Canadians who once again proved better playing better in several key points. There was not much separating the teams in the 3rd set but ultimately Canada prevailed 10-7. They move on to the final to face Spain.