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Davis Cup Finals: Canada Outlast Russia To Book Historic Final Berth

A pulsating tie went the way of Canada, who defeated Russia to ensure they will contest the Davis Cup final for the first time

Davis Cup Finals: Canada Outlast Russia To Book Historic Final Berth
Canada's Vasek Pospisil, left, and his partner Denis Shapovalov, second left, celebrate with team captain Frank Dancevic and teammates after winning their Davis Cup semifinal doubles match against Russia's Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev, in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. | AP Photo
Davis Cup Finals: Canada Outlast Russia To Book Historic Final Berth
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2019-11-23T23:25:10+05:30

Canada won a thrilling tie against Russia to seal a place in the Davis Cup final for the first time on Saturday. (More Tennis News)

Russia prevailed in a deciding doubles tie-break in an epic contest with Serbia a day earlier but were unable to repeat the trick as Denis Shapovalov and Vasek Pospisil made history for Canada.

The duo secured a 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7-5) triumph over Andrey Rublev and Karen Khachanov in Madrid, despite Pospisil having received treatment on a shoulder injury prior to the final set.

It marked the culmination of a memorable tussle, in which Russia struck first when Rublev earned a fourth singles victory of the week with a 6-4 6-4 win over Pospisil.

That meant Shapovalov had to defeat Khachanov to keep Canada's hopes alive and things were not looking good when the Russian raced into a 4-1 lead.

Shapovalov rallied brilliantly to take the opener, but succumbed when serving to stay in the second at 5-4 down.

A tense decider went the way of Shapovalov, who celebrated a 6-4 4-6 6-4 victory in a match featuring 73 unforced errors.

Spain or Great Britain, who contest the other last-four tie, await in the final.

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