Auger-Aliassime leads Canada past Italy into Davis Cup final

Nov 25, 2022, 10:41 PM | Updated: Nov 26, 2022, 12:44 pm
Canada's Felix Auger Aliassime celebrates as he defeats Italy's Lorenzo Musetti during the semi-fin...

Canada's Felix Auger Aliassime celebrates as he defeats Italy's Lorenzo Musetti during the semi-final Davis Cup tennis match between Italy and Canada in Malaga, Spain, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)

(AP Photo/Joan Monfort)

              Canada's Felix Auger Aliassime returns the ball to Italy's Lorenzo Musetti during the semi-final Davis Cup tennis match between Italy and Canada in Malaga, Spain, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)
            
              Fabio Fognini, top left, and Matteo Berrettini of Italy return to Felix Auger Aliassime, bottom left, and Vasek Pospisil of Canada during the semi-final Davis Cup tennis match between Italy and Canada in Malaga, Spain, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)
            
              Italy's Matteo Berrettini, right, speaks to Fabio Fognini during the semi-final Davis Cup tennis doubles match between Italy and Canada in Malaga, Spain, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)
            
              Canada's Vasek Pospisil, right, speaks to Felix Auger Aliassime during the semi-final Davis Cup tennis doubles match between Italy and Canada in Malaga, Spain, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)
            
              Canada's Felix Auger Aliassime celebrates as he defeats Italy's Lorenzo Musetti during the semi-final Davis Cup tennis match between Italy and Canada in Malaga, Spain, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)

MÁLAGA, Spain (AP) — Felix Auger-Aliassime led Canada to its second ever Davis Cup final after winning both his singles and doubles rubbers in a 2-1 fightback over Italy on Saturday.

The 22-year-old Auger-Aliassime, whose four career titles have all come this year, will look to finish off his season by leading Canada to its first Davis Cup title on Sunday when it faces Australia.

Lorenzo Sonego ground out a 7-6 (4), 6-7 (5), 6-4 victory over Denis Shapovalov to put Italy ahead in front of 9,000 spectators in Málaga, Spain.

Auger-Aliassime pulled the Canadians level by seeing off Lorenzo Musetti 6-3, 6-4, sending it to doubles.

The sixth-ranked Auger-Aliassime could barely 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 all on the Canada team that lost to Spain in the 2019 final.

Canada made the tournament this year as a wild card to replace defending champion Russia, which was suspended because of the invasion of Ukraine.

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

On Friday, Australia rallied to beat Croatia and reach its first final since 2003, when it won its 28th title.

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