Auger-Aliassime leads Canada past Italy into Davis Cup final

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MALAGA, Spain (AP) — Felix Auger-Aliassime led Canada to a second-ever Davis Cup final after winning the singles and doubles 2-1 against Italy on Saturday.

Auger-Aliassime, 22, who has won four career titles this year, will look to finish his season by leading Canada to its first Davis Cup title on Sunday when it faces Australia.

Lorenzo Sonego scored a 7-6(4), 6-7(5), 6-4 win over Denis Shapovalov to put Italy ahead in front of 9,000 spectators in Malaga, Spain.

Auger-Aliassime pulled the Canadians to the level, seeing off Lorenzo Musetti 6-3, 6-4, sending him to the double.

Sixth placed Auger-Aliassime could hardly rest before he teamed up with Vasek Pospisil to defeat Matteo Berrettini and Fabio Fognini 7-6(2), 7-5.

Auger-Aliassime, Shapovalov and Pospisil were on the Canadian team that lost to Spain in the 2019 final.

Canada made this year’s tournament a wild card to replace the reigning champion Russia, which was suspended due to the invasion of Ukraine.

Italy has not reached the final since 1998. The Italians won the only title in 1976.

On Friday, Australia rallied to defeat Croatia and reach their first final since 2003 when they won their 28th title.

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Source: sports.yahoo.com