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Russia downs Canada in Junior Davis Cup Final

Canada’s quest for another Junior Davis Cup title fell just short on Sunday, as the team lost 2-1 to Russia in a final that went to the deciding doubles match. Competing in Budapest, the No. 1 seeds and defending champions were looking to win their second consecutive under-16 world championship.

With the final tied at one match apiece, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Chih Chi Huang took on Russians Alen Avidzba and Alexey Zakharov for the title. Down early breaks in both sets, the Canadians couldn’t overcome their opponents and fell by a score of 6-2, 6-4. 

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Canada to play for Junior Davis Cup supremacy for second straight year

Canada’s Junior Davis Cup team is one victory away from claiming its second consecutive title following a 2-1 victory over the United States in the semifinals of the under-16 world championships on Saturday. Defending Junior Davis Cup champions, the squad has advanced into the final in Budapest where it will take on Russia.

Against the Americans, Canada came back from a 0-1 deficit as Nicaise Muamba fell in the opening match 7-5, 6-1 to Sangeet Sridhar. Felix Auger-Aliassime, the only holdover from the 2015 team, then evened up the tie at one match apiece thanks to a straightforward 6-3, 6-1 triumph over Sebastian Korda in just over an hour.

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Canada to host Great Britain in the first round of Davis Cup

The International Tennis Federation determined Thursday that the Canadian Davis Cup team will host Great Britain for the 2017 Davis Cup World Group first round. The official draw for the 2017 World Group was conducted at the ITF offices in London, England. The first-round ties will be played from February 3-5, 2017 with the host city, venue, and surface to be announced at a later date by Tennis Canada.

Canada and Great Britain have only played once in the history of Davis Cup, with the Brits posting a 4-1 win in Bournemouth, England back in May 1967. Since there is no recent history between the two countries, the host nation for the tie was determined by lot. As current defending champions, Great Britain is the No. 1 ranked Davis Cup country in the world and will be the seeded nation for this tie. Canada is currently ranked No. 12. The winner of this tie will advance to the Davis Cup quarter-finals in April while the loser will be forced to play a World Group play-off tie next September.

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Seeds announced for Draw for 2017 Davis Cup

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Argentina and Croatia head the seeds for the Draw for the World Group of the 2017 Davis Cup, which will take place at the BNP Paribas offices in London on Thursday 22 September at 13:00 local time (12:00 GMT).

The draws for 2017 Asia/Oceania Zone Groups I and II, and Europe/Africa Zone Groups I and II will also take place on Thursday. The ITF will confirm on Tuesday whether the draws can be held for Americas Zone Groups I and II.

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Denis Shapovalov victorious in Davis Cup debut as Canada beats Chile 5-0

A day after officially securing the victory over Chile in their Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group play-off tie on Saturday, Canada continued winning at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax on Sunday to complete the sweep with a final score of 5-0. In his Davis Cup debut, 17-year-old Denis Shapovalov (Richmond Hill, Ont.) defeated Christian Garin 7-6(5), 6-4 before Frank Dancevic (Niagara Falls, Ont.) beat Gonzalo Lama 6-4, 6-4.

Junior Wimbledon champion Shapovalov shook off some nerves and rust to take control of his match. Garin had more chances in the early goings, but Shapovalov saved four break points in the first set before winning the tiebreaker. In the second set, the junior world No. 10 was broken at 2-3 but rebounded immediately to break back, and ultimately secured his first Davis Cup win in just 83 minutes. Shapovalov, who acted as a hitting partner for the team in the Davis Cup quarter-finals last year, is currently ranked No. 245 on the pro circuit.

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