World No. 11 Felix Auger-Aliassime was delighted he was able to beat Cameron Norrie and keep Canada alive against Great Britain at the ATP Cup.
Canada got off to a rough start after Denis Shapovalov suffered a surprise loss to Dan Evans.
After the Shapovalov loss, the pressure was on Auger-Aliassime to deliver against 2021 Indian Wells Masters champion Norrie.
Auger-Aliassime didn’t fail to deliver as he beat Norrie 7-6 (4) 6-3.
“I am happy with the win,” Auger-Aliassime said in his on-court interview, per the ATP Cup website. “Stepping onto court against a player like Cam, who plays really well. You try to find a way to win and the most important thing at the end of the day is the victory. I am happy to keep the team alive, but the work is not done.”
Auger-Aliassime, Shapovalov then got the job done
After forcing a decisive rubber, Auger-Aliassime teamed up with Shapovalov in doubles and the two beat Jamie Murray and Joe Salisbury 6-4 6-1.
Shapovalov performed well in the doubles match and made amends for his singles loss.
“I love representing my country,” Evans said after beating Shappovalov. “It is the best thing you can do in any sport in my opinion. It is amazing to be out here with fans, to have all the guys screaming, whoever you are screaming for, it has been great.
“I think on my service games I try to be aggressive and manoeuvre [the ball] and then on his service games, if I have to, I hang back a bit and tonight was a good opportunity to defend a bit more and frustrate him.”
Canada now has one win and one loss at the ATP Cup.
Canada lost to the United States in their opener but bounced back against Great Britain.
Auger-Aliassime’s Canada will be taking on Germany in their final group stage match at the event.