Auger-Aliassim tops Kikmanovic to send Canada to the Davis Cup knockout stage

Felix Auger-Aliassim defeated Serbian Miomir Kekmanovic on Saturday to secure the Canadian men’s tennis team a place in the knockout stage of the Davis Cup Finals.

A day after Auger-Alessem beat Carlos Alcaraz, the world’s newest player, to lead Canada over Spain, Montreal native Kikmanovic sent 6-3, 6-4.

The Davis Cup Finals will take place from November 22-27 in Malaga, Spain.

Canada defeated Serbia 2-1 on Saturday after Vasek Pospisil had to withdraw from the doubles match due to injury.

But Auger-Aliassime’s win did indeed give Canada the last point needed to secure a second place in Group B.

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Auger-Aliassime sends Canada to Davis Cup quarter-finals

Felix Auger-Aliassim defeated Serbia’s Miomir Kekmanovic in straight sets to send Canada to the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup in Spain.

Canada’s chances of qualifying for the playoffs looked shaky earlier in the day when 20-year-old Gabriel Diallo lost to Laszlo Djere in straight sets in his Davis Cup debut.

In Glasgow, Butch van de Zandschulp and Talon Grexpur won their singles against Americans Taylor Fritz and Tommy Ball to take the Netherlands top of their group in the Davis Cup Finals.

Van de Zandschulp sealed the tie when he defeated Fritz, World No. 12, 6-4, 7-6 (3) after Grexpur opened with a 7-5, 7-6 (3) victory over Paul.

The Dutch took a 2-0 lead, and Rajiv Ram and Jack Sock were playing for American Pride in the doubles against Wesley Kolhoff and Mattoi Middelkoop.

The United States and the Netherlands have already secured their place in the quarter-finals with two wins each in Group D. As the group winner, the Netherlands will face the runners-up in Group C, either Australia or Germany.

The United States will play the winner of Group A, most likely Italy. On Sunday, the Italians play in Bologna against Sweden.

Also on Saturday, Croatia were 2-0 against Argentina, achieving their second victory after losing the opening match against Italy.

France beat Belgium 2-1 in Group C, with Australia and Germany already confirmed to reach the quarter-finals.

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Diallo defeats Canada’s first match in Davis Cup match against Serbia

Canadian 20-year-old Gabriel Diallo lost his first Davis Cup match 6-2 6-2 to Serbian Laslo Djerre.

Dabrowski reached the Chennai Open doubles final

Canadian Gabriella Dabrowski and her Brazilian partner Luisa Stefani eliminated the duo of Bingtarn Bleibush of Thailand and Moyoka Ushijima of Japan 6-3 6-3 in the doubles semi-final match at Chennai Open on Saturday in Pune, India.

The No. 1 duo are set to face Georgian duo Anna Plinkova and Natila Dzalamids in Sunday’s final.

Hometown Ottawa and co-owner were unbeaten in the tournament, winning the opener 6-4, 6-1 over Despina Papamichel of Greece and Britain’s Katie Swan, then sending India’s Karman Thandi and Rutuja Bhusal 6-0, 6-3 in the quarter-finals.

Eugenie Bouchard of Montreal and her Belgian partner Yanina Wickmayer fell to Plenkova and Dzalamidze in Friday’s semi-final match.