Toronto, October 2, 2015 – Canada will compete for the country’s first-ever Junior Davis Cup by BNP Paribas title after the boys’ team captured a 3-0 semifinal victory over Russia at La Caja Magica in Madrid on Friday, while the Canadian Junior Fed Cup team just missed out on a spot in the final by falling to top seeds Czech Republic 2-1 in the deciding doubles match.
Canada’s top junior boys are still undefeated in Madrid, going 12-0 through their four ties. In the semifinals, Denis Shapovalov gave his team a 1-0 lead over Russia by defeating Alen Avidzba 6-4, 6-3. Canada officially earned the win and a berth in the final when Felix Auger-Aliassime clinched a 6-4, 7-5 triumph versus Artem Dubrivnyy. In the doubles, No. 1 seed Canada continued its winning ways as Auger-Aliassime and Shapovalov won 6-1, 6-3 over Avidzba and Mikhail Sokolovskiy.
“Everyone on the team did great work to achieve this goal,” Auger-Aliassime said. “Now we are one step closer, so it’s a good thing. Denis and I had two great matches today so I think the whole team is proud. We’re going to rest a bit tomorrow and put in the work to be ready for Sunday.”
This is only the second time in history Canada has advanced into the Junior Davis Cup final. The 2010 Canadian team, featuring Samuel Monette, Edward Nguyen, and Filip Peliwo, lost in the final to Japan. Auger-Aliassime, Shapovalov, Benjamin Sigouin, and team captain Oded Jacob will look to claim Canada’s first-ever Junior Davis Cup crown when it faces Germany on Sunday.
For the second time this week, No. 4-seeded Canada’s fate went down to a deciding doubles match in Junior Fed Cup action but this time Canada couldn’t quite close out the win. Bianca Andreescu continued being Canada’s reliable No. 2 player by opening with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 victory against Monika Kilnarova. Czech Republic, on the strength of world No. 2 Marketa Vondrousova – the best player at Junior Fed Cup this week – was able to even up the tie as Charlotte Robillard-Millette fell 6-0, 6-4. In the ensuing doubles match, team Canada took control early but Vondrousova and Anna Slovakova were able to come back to oust Andreescu and Robillard-Millette 2-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Andreescu, Robillard-Millette, Vanessa Wong, and team captain Ralph Platz will now take on Russia, who lost to the United States in the semifinals, for a final standing of third place. The team just missed out on becoming the fourth Canadian Junior Fed Cup representatives to make the final. Canada has captured the Junior Fed Cup silver medal three times before, but never the championship. The nation most recently finished in second in 2011 when Francoise Abanda, Erin Routliffe, and Carol Zhao lost to Australia in the final.
The Junior Davis Cup and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is the international tennis team competition for the under-16 age category. A total of 168 teams from 94 countries took part in regional qualifying in 2015, with the top 15 teams and host Spain making it to this week’s Junior Davis Cup and Fed Cup finals. The finals are being played on clay at La Caja Magica, home of the combined ATP World Tour Masters 1000 and WTA Premier Mandatory Madrid Open.