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Spain is set to clash against Russia in the Davis Cup by Rakuten in Madrid



Madrid, Turin and Innsbruck will host the 2021 Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals, which start on Thursday 25 November. Eighteen teams are bidding to win the prestigious Davis Cup Trophy. 


Each venue will host two of the six groups. The winners of these groups, along the two-second placed teams with the best records will get through to the quarter finals. 

Innsbruck and Turin will host one quarter final each. Madrid will stage two quarter finals, both semifinals and the final on 5 December. 

The Madrid Arena at the Caja Magica will host the Group A with Spain, Russia and Equador and the Group B that features Canada, Kazakhstan and Sweden. 

Spain will defend the title won in 2019 at the Caja Magica against Canada. The Spanish team will bid to win back-to-back Davis Cup titles for the second time after the two consecutive wins in 2008 and 2009. 

Spain will play without Rafael Nadal and Roberto Bautista Agut, who contributed to the triumph in front of their home fans two years ago. Nadal put an end to his 2021 season due to a foot injury. Bautista Agut was forced to withdraw from the Davis Cup due to an abdominal injury. Spanish Davis Cup Sergi Bruguera nominated Olympic bronze medallist and two-time US Open semifinalist Pablo Carreno Busta, rising star Carlos Alcaraz, who won the 2021 Next Gen ATP Finals title in Milan, Feliciano Lopez and Marcel Granollers, who reached the doubles semifinals at the ATP Finals in Turin last week with his Argentine partner Horacio Zeballos. 

“Everyone is really looking forward to it. All the players I have selected are in good shape and ready to give their all. I cannot deny that playing at home is a real advantage. It gives a lot because during this type of competition the public is an important factor which can be decisive”, said Sergi Bruguera.

Alcaraz will make his debut in the Davis Cup. The 18-year-old player beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in a fifth-set tie-break in the third round en route to his first Grand Slam quarter final at the US Open last September and beat two top 10 players Matteo Berrettini in Vienna and Jannik Sinner in Paris Bercy. He beat Sebastian Korda in the championship match of the Intesa San Paolo Next Gen Finals in Milan. 

“The relationship between the players is very good. Carlos is an unbelievably nice guy. He is very humble. I have to congratulate his parents for the job they have done for him as a person. He is adjusting very well. He is happy. He is happy. The veterans are very good friends already and Carlos is like fresh air in the team. It’s nice”, said Bruguera. 

Spain is on a collision course against Russia in the top Group Stage match on Sunday 28 November at 16 local time. World number 2 Danil Medvedev leads the Russian team that also features this year’s Rotterdam champion and eight-time ATP Tour champion Andrey Rublev, 2021 Australian Open semifinalist Aslan Karatsev and Olympic silver medallist Karen Khachanov. Medvedev won his first Grand Slam title at the US Open, his fourth Masters 1000 title in Toronto and finished runner-up to Novak Djokovic at the ATP Finals in Turin. Shamil Tarpishev has captained the Russian Federation Team for the first time in 1974. 

World number 29 Khachanov lost to Rafael Nadal 6-3 7-6 and to Novak Djokovic 6-2 6-2 before winning a decisive double match to help Russia reach the semifinals. It was the best performance for the Russian team in the Davis Cup since 2008. 

“Time goes fast. Two years have already passed but of course the memories are always great and stay with you forever when you represent your country. We are a team, so, at the end of the day, whoever feels ready will play. It’s a long competition from the Group Stage until the final with a lot of matches which take a lot of energy. So we will see day by day how everyone feels. I am ready to be involved. There are lots of strong teams. Serbia with Novak Djokovic, Spain of course in our Group, Italy even without Matteo Berrettini, and USA, but we believe in ourselves”, said Khachanov. 

Khachanov has known his teammates very well for a long time and the good relationship inside the Russian team has contributed to their recent good results. 

“I have a lot of shared history with my teammates. I have known Danil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev from the junior times. We have been part of the same teams since a young age, we push each other, we are best friends. Aslan is a bit older but we know him and Evgeny Donskoy is like an older brother to all of us. He is a very nice guy”, said Khachanov. 

Russia is chasing a national double title after the women’s team won the Billie Jean King in Prague two weeks ago. Czech Republic was the last nation to achieve this double in 2012. 

“I followed the girls very closely. They did a great job. We are very happy and proud of them and I congratulated everyone personally. Now it’s our turn”, said Khachanov. 

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Novak Djokovic starts the 2023 season in Adelaide



Novak Djokovic will open his 2023 season in Adelaide. Djokovic ended the 2022 season with five titles at Rome Masters 1000, Wimbedon, Astana, Tel Aviv and at the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin. 


Djokovic will also play in the exhibition tournament “World Tennis League) in Dubai from 19 to 24 December, where the Serbian player will team up with Grigor Dimitrov, Aryna Sabalenka and Paula Badosa for the Falcons team. 

In the first week of January Djokovic will warm up for the Australian Open at the ATP 250 tournament in Adelaide from 2 to 8 January. The 21-time Grand Slam champion won nine Australian Open titles in 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2019, 2020 and 2021 but he was not able to play in the first Grand Slam tournament of the season last January due to his Covid vaccination status. 

Djokovic joins a star-studded field that already features 2021 US Open champion Danil Medvedev, Jannik Sinner and two-time Olympic champion Andy Murray.

Murray will play for the first time in his career in Adelaide. 

“I will be starting the year in Australia, which I always really enjoy. Playing at the Adelaide International for the first time is something I am looking forward to”, said Murray. 

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(VIDEO) Ubaldo Scanagatta On A Week To Remember For Canada At The Davis Cup

The CEO of Ubitennis also shares his view about the format of the tournament and how he thinks it can be improved.



MALAGA, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 27: Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals 2022 at Palacio de Deportes Jose Maria Martin Carpena on November 27, 2022 in Malaga, Spain. (Photo by Pedro Salado/ Quality Sport Images / Kosmos Tennis)

Canada has become the 16th nation to win the Davis Cup after producing a clinical performance against Australia in the final on Sunday. Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime both eased through their matches in straight sets to claim an historic victory for their country.


Watching the matches unfold from the sidelines was Ubitennis CEO Ubaldo Scanagatta who gives his verdict on events that has taken place in Malaga over the past week.

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Felix Auger Aliassime helps Canada reach the Davis Cup Final



Canada reached the Davis Cup final for the second time in three years after beating Italy 2-1 in the semifinal in Malaga. 


Denis Shapovalov beat Lorenzo Sonego 7-6 (7-4) 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 in the opening match.

Felix Auger Aliassime earned a 6-3 6-4 win over Lorenzo Musetti to draw level to 1-1 before teaming up with Vasek Pospisil to defeat Fabio Fognini and Matteo Berrettini 7-6 (7-2) 7-5. 

Sonego beats Shapovalov 7-6 (7-4) 6-7 (5-7) 6-4

Lorenzo Sonego battled past Denis Shapovalov 7-6 (7-4) 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 after 3 hours and 14 minutes to give Italy the 1-0 point in the opening singles match of the Davis Cup Finals by Rakuten in Malaga. 

Shapovalov hit five aces, made seven double faults and converted just one of his 13 break points. Sonego fired seven aces, made three double faults and converted one of his four break points. 

Shapovalov won the first nine points of the match to take a 2-0 lead with a break in the opening game. Sonego won three consecutive games to take a 3-2 lead with a break-back in the fifth game. Shapovalov saved two break points in the sixth game to hold serve at deuce for 3-3. Sonego fended off two break points in the seventh game for 4-3. Sonego earned two mini-breaks on the second and sixth points to race to a 5-1 lead. Shapovalov clawed his way back by winning three points for 4-5. Sonego earned two mini-breaks to seal the tie-break 7-4, when Shapovalov sent a forehand long after 1 hour and 10 minutes

The second set went on serve until the 10th game, when Shapovalov earned three consecutive set points at 4-5 0-40 on Sonego’s serve. The Italian player saved five set points to hold serve at deuce for 5-5 and sent the second set to the tie-break. 

Sonego won four consecutive points from 1-2 down to take a 5-2 lead in the tie-break. Sonego missed a drive volley to set up a match point. Shapovalov won his fifth consecutive point to seal the second set to send the match to the decider. 

Shapovalov saved two break points in the first game of the third set. The Canadian player made three double faults but he held serve at deuce without facing any break points. Shapovalov saved a break point in the sixth game with an ace. Sonego fended off three break points at 3-3 in the seventh game to hold serve after three deuces before Shapovalov received treatment for a back issue. 

Sonego earned the decisive break in the 10th game to close out the match after Shapovalov made three double faults. 

Sonego has drawn level to 1-1 in his two head-to-head matches against Shapovalov, who beat the Italian player 7-6 (7-5) 3-6 6-3 in the Rome Masters 1000 tournament. 

“It’s an unbelievable moment for me. Shapovalov fights non-stop. I had to be focused on every point and I needed the help of all my team. This is just a great moment for Italy. It was really tough to remain focused because I lost the tie-break in the second set, but I was really positive and my captain helped me a lot to do my best to stay in the match and I enjoy the match until the last moment for me. It was a really tight match and a big win and a big win. It was an amazing win for me and for my team”, said Sonego. 

Auger Aliassime beats Musetti 6-3 6-4 

In the second singles match Felix Auger Aliassime beat Lorenzo Musetti 6-3 6-4 converting a break point late in both sets to send the tie to the decivive doubles clash. Auger Aliassime did not face a break point and won all but three of his first serve points. 

Auger Aliassime earned his first break in the sixth game to open up a 5-2 lead and held his next service games to seal the first set 6-3 with an ace after 39 minutes. 

Musetti held his serve after three deuces to hold serve in the first game of the second set. Both players held serve until 4-4. Musetti saved the first break point in the ninth game with a service winner, but Auger Aliassime converted his second chance with a down the line winner. Musetti went up a 0-30 lead on Auger Aliassime’s serve in the 10th game, but the Canadian player hit three service winners to serve out the match 6-4 keeping Canada’s hopes of reaching the final alive. 

Auger Aliassime now leads 3-2 in his five head-to-head matches against Musetti. 

“It’s sad, because it’s the second time in a row that I have the chance to bring Italy to the final. I played until the last point, and Felix played better than me. he deserved to win”, said Musetti. 

Canada beats Italy 7-6 (7-5) 7-2

Canadian captain Frank Dancevic made a late change to the doubles line-up, calling up Auger Aliassime to team up with Vasek Pospisil. 

Berrettini and Fognini converted their second break point in the third game to take a 3-1 lead. Auger Aliassime and Pospisil broke back on their third opportunity in the sixth game to draw level to 3-3. Both teams went on serve setting up a tie-break. Auger Aliassime earned two mini-breaks to win the tie-break 7-2. 

Berrettini and Fognini went up a break in the second game to take a 2-0 lead. Auger Aliassime and Pospisil broke back in the third game after two double faults from Fognini to draw level to 2-2. Both players went on serve until the 11th game when Auger Aliassime and Pospisil earned the decisive break on their third opportunity to take a 6-5 lead. The Italian team wasted two break-back points at 5-6 in the 12thgame.  Auger Aliassime delivered two first serves to get to deuce with an ace and a winner and won the final four points to secure their spot in the final. 

Felix Auger Aliassime: “That’s the good thing about having many good players on the team. I feel like Denis and Vasek played really well yesterday to come back and win, but Denis had a long match, and we knew coming this week that we could make some changes depending on how singles went. I feel like the whole team connected around this idea and there was no ego in the wrong place. Everybody just has the clear idea of the main goal, which is lifting the cup tomorrow”. 

Canada improved their lead against Italy to 3-0 in the three head-to-head matches after wins in 2013 and 2019. 

Canada is one win away from a historic first Davis Cup title.  

Canada set up a final against Australia, who reached the Davis Cup final for the first time in 19 years after a 2-1 win over Croatia on Friday. 

Australia holds a 9-1 lead against Canada. Howevr the Canadian team earned a win in their last match at the 2019 Davis Cup match. 

Auger Aliassime and Shapovalov lost to Rafael Nadal and Felix Auger Aliassime in the Davis Cup final in Madrid in 2019. 

“Making the finals is always an amazing feeling, and I really believe in the team. We have done it before. We are here again and I believe we can win this, so we are going to go after it tomorrow and give it all we have got”, said Frank Dancevic.

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