De Minaur tipped to fulfil Davis Cup dream


2022-11-28 22:08:48

Felix Auger-Aliassime could have dashed Alex de Minaur’s Davis Cup ambitions for one more 12 months – however Canada’s hovering world workforce champion believes the Australian can nonetheless obtain his dream.

Auger-Aliassime, shaping as much as attain the heights for therefore lengthy predicted of him, proved the shining star of the Cup finals week in Malaga, saving his greatest for final as he outplayed the Sydneysider who possesses such a powerful resume within the competitors.

The victory ensured a 2-0 win for Canada, the nation’s first-ever Davis Cup triumph, leaving de Minaur’s crestfallen countenance the enduring picture of Australia’s anti-climactic remaining after his week of heroics had been largely accountable for their battle march to the ultimate.

But Auger-Aliassime, now a world champion at 22, had an encouraging message for his long-time opponent from junior days, when requested if he felt de Minaur may sooner or later spearhead Australia to a title they have not held for 19 years.

“For positive, for positive,” stated Auger-Aliassime.

“Look, he is led this workforce to the finals now. He is all the time performed properly in workforce occasions.

“He is one of many hardest guys to get previous by on the courtroom. He is actually quick. Yeah, he is a troublesome competitor, much more in these competitions. I am positive he’ll attempt to lead his workforce to the victory.”

Auger-Aliassime admitted his sense of enjoyment at sealing Canada’s first-ever Davis Cup triumph was tinged with reduction at lastly disposing of the problem of the 23-year-old who by no means stopped working or believing earlier than he lastly succumbed to his first defeat in seven Davis Cup singles rubbers this 12 months.

“Even on the finish, Alex made it robust for me. Within the second set, I used to be up a break however getting a variety of break factors, getting possibilities even within the final recreation,” stated the Canadian.

The issue for the de Minaur-led Australia, although, is that the Cup seems to be getting ever extra aggressive in its shorter, knock-out event format.

“There are such a lot of robust groups. We performed Italy, who’re going to have a very robust workforce sooner or later like many others, and hopefully we’re there yearly and are contenders to win it,” stated Auger-Aliassime.

Certainly, with Denis Shapovalov firing too, Canada can count on to be the competitors’s pre-eminent pressure in forthcoming years, with Auger-Aliassime now actually displaying why he is such a particular expertise following three event wins in succession final month.

“These guys usually are not children any extra. They have been crushing it,” stated the workforce’s elder statesman Vasek Pospisil.

However Auger-Aliassime was the one who appears to be like greatest outfitted to go on to grand slam glory, in form to enhance on his efficiency finally 12 months’s Australian Open when he made the quarter-finals.

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