Canada joins Italy in semi-finals


Canada, runners-up in 2019, joined Italy in the semi-finals of the Davis Cup finals by beating Germany 2-1 in the final quarter-final on Thursday in Malaga (Spain). The other semi-final opposes Croatia, outgoing finalist, to Australia on Friday.

The two matches of the day were played in the decisive doubles. For Italy, it was Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli who brought the point of victory at the expense of Jack Sock and Tommy Paul, on a double 6-4. For Canada, around midnight, it was Denis Shapovalov and Vasek Pospisil who obtained the qualifying point, against doubles specialists Tim Puetz and Kim Krawietz (2-6, 6-3, 6-3).

In the first match of this face-to-face, Shapovalov (18th) folded against Jan-Lennard Struff (ex-top 30 today 152nd) 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (7/2). Then the world No.6 Félix Auger-Aliassime equalized by dominating Oscar Otte (65th) 7-6 (7/1), 6-4.

The results of the day:
USA beats Italy 2 to 1
Lorenzo Sonego (ITA) defeats Frances Tiafoe (USA) 6-3, 7-6 (9/7)
Taylor Fritz (USA) beats Lorenzo Musetti (ITA) 7-6 (10/8), 6-3
Fabio Fognini/Simone Bolelli beat Jack Sock/Tommy Paul 6-4, 6-4

Canada beat Germany 2-1
Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) defeats Denis Shapovalov (CAN) 6-3, 4-6, 7-6
7/2)
Félix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) beats Oscar Otte (GER) 7-6 (7/1), 6-4
Vasek Pospisil/Denis Shapovalov (CAN) beat Tim Puetz/Kim Krawietz (GER) 2-6, 6-3, 6-3



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