De Minaur comeback not enough for Australia as Canada book Davis Cup semi-final
Alex de Minaur’s comeback win was not enough to inspire Australia, as Canada became the first team to book a semi-final berth in Madrid.
Denis Shapovalov and Vasek Pospisil sent Australia packing as Alex de Minaur’s singles victory proved fruitless in the first Davis Cup quarter-final.
With Pospisil defeating John Millman 7-6 (9-7) 6-4 in the opening match, Australia relied on a comeback from De Minaur to haul themselves level.
Next Gen ATP Finals runner up De Minaur – Australia’s star player in Thursday’s tie with Nick Kyrgios sitting out – did it the hard way, coming from a set down to beat Shapovalov 3-6 6-3 7-5 and tee up a deciding doubles encounter.
But Canada were too good in the doubles – Pospisil picking up where he left off while Shapovalov bounced back from his loss in style via a 6-4 6-4 win.
This is what it means.
Canada defeats Australia 6-4 6-4 for a place in the semi-finals.
— Davis Cup by Rakuten Madrid Finals (@DavisCupFinals) November 21, 2019
A break of serve in the opening game against Australian counterparts Jordan Thompson and John Peers paved the way for the pair to claim the first set with ease.
Thompson and Peers looked set to take the match all the way when they earned a 3-0 lead in set two, only for Shapovalov and Pospisil to restore parity before pushing on to seal progression with their first match point.
Serbia play Russia, Argentina face Spain and Great Britain go up against Germany in the other quarter-final ties, which will be played on Friday.