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Monday, October 3, 2022

Canada’s Davis Cup resignations bring Spain closer to Malaga final

Carlos Alcaraz on his Davis Cup debut in Marbella. / HOSELE

Auger-Aliassime and Shapovalov will not go to Valencia for the group stage and clear the way for the Armada to qualify, despite a powerful Serbian block with Djokovic

Pedro Luis Alonso

Over the past few hours, the line-up for the Davis Cup group stage to be held in Valencia from September 13 to 18 has become obligatory known, and the news jumped when the Canadian one was published, without his two main figures, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov. which makes it much easier for Spain to reach the Final in Malaga in November (from 21st to 27th in Carpena).

It should be remembered that Spain will play Serbia, Canada and South Korea in a group with only the top two to advance to the final in November. In principle, Korea will have a minimum of options, the only reference point will be Sung Woo Kwon (79th), because his second racket, Song-Chan Hong, is already 478th in the ranking.

Meanwhile, Canada, the reigning champion of the ATP Cup, a tournament for national teams played in January in a format very similar to Davis’ (he beat Spain in the final), has a smaller team. Vasek Pospisil (145th), a specialist in fast courts, is their leader, and Alexis Galarno (213th) is the second player. It doesn’t look like this pair could cause trouble for the fleet with Carlos Alcaraz (4th), Pablo Carreño (14th, recent Masters 1000 winner in Montreal), Roberto Bautista (19th) and Alejandro Davidovic (37th). e place), plus doubles. a player like Marcel Granollers who won Grand Slam tournaments.

Meanwhile, Serbia arrives with their best team led by former world No. 1 Novak Djokovic. The group stage is played immediately after the US Open, and the tennis player from Belgrade, in principle, will not be able to end up in New York, although it has not yet been ruled out. He will be accompanied by Miomir Kecmanovic (36th), Filip Krajnovic (46th), Laszlo Jere (86th) and Dusan Lajovic (87th).

So, if there are no surprises, Spain will play for first and second place, while Serbia will face the crosses already set in the Malaga final for the quarter-finals. The Navy will make its debut against Serbia on Wednesday, September 14 starting at 4:00 pm in La Fonteta and will play its second match against Canada on Friday the 16th, ending on Sunday the 18th against South Korea , always at the same time.

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