Canada defeated Australia 2-0 in the finals on Sunday to clinch their first-ever Davis Cup title since the tournament started in 1990.
18th-ranked Denis Shapovalov set the tone for his team by breaking Thanasi Kokkinakis as many as four times and defeating him 6-2, 6-4 to give Canada a 1-0 lead.
In the second and final match of the day, World No. 6 Felix Auger-Aliassime downed Alex de Minaur 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 42 minutes to seal the deal as there was no need for the doubles match to be played. The 22-year-old was able to save all of the eight break points that he faced and hit a total of 22 winners over two sets.
Canada reached the finals of the Davis Cup in 2019 but lost to Spain, with Roberto Bautista Agut defeating Auger-Aliassime and Rafael Nadal putting the final nail in the coffin as he beat Shapovalov in straight sets in the finals.
However, the Canadian youngsters ensured they ended up on the winning side this time. They beat Germany 2-1 in the quarterfinals and Italy 2-1 in the semifinals to reach the summit clash. Australia, on the other hand, defeated the Netherlands 2-0 and Croatia 2-1 to reach the finals.
The tennis world joined fans to congratulate Team Canada on their special victory. Novak Djokovic, who was present at the venue in Spain to watch the finals, was among the first ones to wish the team.
“Congratulations @DavisCup champions Canada @VasekPospisil@felixtennis@denis_shapo@FDancevic@tennisgalarneau,” Djokovic tweeted.
Former Wimbledon runner-up Eugenie Bouchard expressed her excitement on social media, congratulating the Canadian team in one of her Instagram stories.
“First Davis Cup title boys!!!” wrote Bouchard, alongside a picture of the Canadian flag.
Other members of the tennis community chimed in, showing tribute to the new Davis Cup champions.
“Congratulations to Canada on winning their first-ever @DavisCup!” wrote Billie Jean King.
“Congratulations to @TennisCanada on winning their first @DavisCup. Phenomenal stuff” wrote Patrick McEnroe.