The Canadian men's team then won the Davis Cup Finals this week against Germany, Italy, and Australia, respectively, to maintain their perfect record at world team events in 2022
Canada’s Davis Cup title victory capped off a fairytale season for their men’s team at world events in 2022. Canada, or players representing Canada, have won every team event this season, beginning with the ATP Cup in January and culminating with the nation’s first-ever Davis Cup title this past Sunday. Denis Shapovalov, 23, and Felix Auger-Aliassime, 22, won their singles matches against Australia’s Thanasi Kokkinakis and Alex de Minaur in the final, giving Canada its first Davis Cup championship in the 109-year history of the competition.
The story of Canada’s 2022 had it all. A lot of perseverance in difficult situations at all of the events they competed in, and a touch of luck at the Davis Cup, which they totally profited on, as they qualified for the round-robin stage despite being eliminated due to Russia’s disqualification from all team events back in March.. After being convincingly beaten by neighbors, the USA, in the opening tie of the year in the ATP Cup in January, Canada won four consecutive ties to win the third edition of the ATP Cup. Those wins came against other talent-laden teams such as Great Britain, Germany, Russia, and Spain.
They made the most of their newfound Davis Cup success, winning round-robin stage matches against Spain and South Korea in mid-September to advance to the quarterfinals. Soon after, Canadian representative Auger-Aliassime’s big win over Novak Djokovic helped Team World win their first Laver Cup title against Team Europe in Roger Federer’s farewell tournament. On the final day of the tournament, Auger-Aliassime also won the title-winning doubles tie.
The Canadian men’s team then won the Davis Cup Finals this week against Germany, Italy, and Australia, respectively, to maintain their perfect record at world team events in 2022. In the process, Canada made history by becoming the first ‘lucky loser’ to win the title. Auger-Aliassime won all of his matches from the last-eight stage to the final, proving to be the determining factor in Canada’s first title. The successful team also included Vasek Pospisil and youthful prospects Alexis Galarneau and Gabriel Diallo.
The in-form Canadian men’s tennis team will now look to extend its winning streak by competing in the inaugural United Cup in January 2023 alongside a star-studded women’s team. The United Cup will take the place of the ATP Cup, and the top male and female players from the same country will compete in the 18-nation world team event ahead of the Australian Open. The Canadian men’s squad will be joined by female tennis talents such as Bianca Andreescu, Leylah Fernandez, Rebecca Marino, and top-10 doubles player Gabriela Dabrowski. Following their success in 2022, Canada can make even more history by becoming the first-ever United Cup champions in January. Canada will aim to win it all again in 2023, with the women’s team also competing in the Billie Jean King Cup and the men’s team defending the Davis Cup title next year.