The triumphant Davis Cup homecoming for Crew Canada introduced by Sobeys’ was the spotlight of what ended up being a giant week for the Canadian males, as Félix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov each took steps ahead on the ATP Tour.
With the Davis Cup qualifiers now within the rearview mirror, the main target shifts again to the principle excursions this week.
Right here’s what it is advisable to know.
In Case You Missed It: Canada’s Profitable Return
Canadian followers needed to wait over 5 years to observe Crew Canada compete on house soil within the Davis Cup, however they seemingly weren’t disillusioned with what they acquired in Montreal this previous week.
Crew Canada defeated the Republic of Korea 3-1 of their qualifier tie to advance to the Davis Cup Finals group stage in September thanks largely to 2 singles wins by the hometown hero Gabriel Diallo.
Day one went about in addition to may very well be hoped for when Canada won both singles matches in straight sets, though they had been tough straight-set wins for Diallo and Vasek Pospisil.
Issues acquired somewhat nervy on day two when Alexis Galarneau and Pospisil dropped the doubles match that would have sealed the tie after which Diallo let a set and a break lead slip away within the subsequent singles match. However the Montrealer refound his sport in time to grab a three-set win and clinch the tie.
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Canada will play within the Finals for the fifth “consecutive” yr (2020 was cancelled). Their subsequent opponents and venue have but to be introduced.
On the ATP Tour, Félix Auger-Aliassime had his finest results of the season up to now, reaching the semifinals of the ATP 250 occasion in Montpellier. There he lost to the eventual champion Alexander Bublik, who had saved three match factors in a round-two epic towards Denis Shapovalov.
Shapovalov had gained his first match since Wimbledon final July when he beat Hugo Gaston 6-1, 6-3 within the first spherical.
What to Watch: Third Time’s the Appeal for Auger-Aliassime?
Félix Auger-Aliassime will look to construct on his efficiency on the indoor exhausting courts of southern France this week as he strikes down the coast from Montpellier to Marseille. The Canadian has reached the ultimate twice earlier than at this occasion, each in even-numbered years so he’s due in 2024, dropping to Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev respectively.
This week, Auger-Aliassime is the seventh seed and opens towards native wildcard Quentin Halys. The Canadian may play No. 3 seed Karen Khachanov within the quarter-finals and is within the backside half of the draw with No. 2 seed Grigor Dimitrov.
Denis Shapovalov joins his countryman in Marseille and can have a rematch of his Montpellier opener with Hugo Gaston within the first spherical. A win would arrange a conflict with fourth-seeded Frenchman Ugo Humbert. He may meet No. 5 Alejandro Davidovich Fokina within the quarter-finals and high seed Hubert Hurkacz within the semis.
Beneath the Radar:
Kelsey Stevenson got here agonizingly near successful his first ITF doubles title since 2022 final week on the M25 occasion in Hammamet, Tunisia. The Canadian and his German companion Adrian Oetzbach misplaced 10-7 within the match tiebreak within the ultimate to Corentin Denolly and Filip Cristian Jianu.
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The most effective Canadian singles consequence on the ITF Tour final weekend got here in Rome, USA, the place Stacey Fung misplaced within the quarter-finals to eventual runner-up Reside Hovde.
This week, Rebecca Marino will play her first occasion because the Australian Open on the ITF W100 Irapuato, Mexico alongside countrywomen Fung and Carol Zhao. There may be additionally a quintet of Canadian ladies competing on the W35 in Wesley Chapel, Florida.
You may comply with the Canadians in motion each week here.