Felix Auger-Aliassime defeated Serbia’s Miomir Kecmanović on Saturday to guarantee the Canadian men’s tennis team a spot in the knockout stages of the Davis Cup Finals.
A day after Auger-Aliassime defeated Carlos Alcaraz, the world’s newest top player, to lead Canada past Spain, the Montreal native sent Kecmanović 6-3, 6-4.
The Davis Cup Finals are November 22-27 in Malaga, Spain.
Canada was beaten 2-1 by Serbia on Saturday after Vasek Pospisil had to withdraw from doubles due to an injury.
But Auger-Aliassime’s win had already given Canada the last point needed to guarantee a top two place in Group B.
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Canada’s chances of qualifying for the knockout stage looked shaky earlier in the day when 20-year-old Gabriel Diallo lost to Laslo Djere in straight sets in his Davis Cup debut.
In Glasgow, Botic van de Zandschulp and Tallon groenpoor won their singles against Americans Taylor Fritz and Tommy Paul for the Netherlands to finish first in their Davis Cup Finals group.
Van de Zandschulp tied the score when he defeated Fritz, the number 12 in the world, 6-4, 7-6 (3) after Greek track opened with a 7-5, 7-6 (3) victory over Paul.
The United States and the Netherlands were already assured of reaching the quarter-finals with two wins each in Group D. As group winners, the Netherlands will then face the runner-up in Group C, Australia or Germany.
The US will play against the winner of Group A, most likely Italy. The Italians will play against Sweden in Bologna on Sunday.
Also on Saturday, Croatia led 2-0 against Argentina for its second win after losing the opener to Italy.
France defeated Belgium 2-1 in Group C, with Australia and Germany already assured of reaching the last eight.
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Dabrowski reaches Chennai Open doubles final
Canada’s Gabriela Dabrowski and her Brazilian partner Luisa Stefani on Saturday in Pune, India, defeated the pair of Thailand’s Peangtarn Plipuech and Moyuka Uchijima of Japan 6-3, 6-3 in their Chennai Open doubles.
The Ottawa native and her partner have yet to lose a match in the tournament, winning their opening match 6-4, 6-1 against Greece’s Despina Papamichail and Britain’s Katie Swan, then sent off Karman Thandi and Rutuja Bhosale of India with 6-0, 6-3 in the quarter-finals.
Eugenie Bouchard from Montreal and her Belgian partner Yanina Wickmayer fell in Friday’s semifinal against Blinkova and Dzalamidze.