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Felix Auger-Aliassime (far left) clinches Canada's victory against Slovakia by winning a live fifth rubber against Norbert Gombos.

#NextGenATP Canadians Auger-Aliassime & Shapovalov Shine In Comeback

Zverev leads Germany to 5-0 victory against Hungary

CANADA 3, SLOVAKIA 2
Venue: NTC Arena, Bratislava, Slovakia
Surface: Clay, Indoors

In September 1997, when Slovakia defeated Canada in the two nations' only previous Davis Cup meeting, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov had not been born. More than 21 years later, the #NextGenATP duo was responsible for levelling Canada's head-to-head record against Slovakia, rallying from 1-2 down in Bratislava to earn Davis Cup Finals qualification.

Starting the day at 1-1, Martin Klizan and Filip Polasek came from a set down to beat Auger-Aliassime and Shapovalov 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, earning Slovakia the lead. But Shapovalov, who reached his maiden clay-court ATP Masters 1000 semi-final at the Mutua Madrid Open in May 2018 (l. to Zverev), soon sent the tie into a decisive fifth rubber, beating Klizan 7-6(4), 6-4 in one hour and 45 minutes.

“I think with today’s result, the debate as to whether I can play on clay is definitely over,” Shapovalov told DavisCup.com. “The level of tennis was very high today. [I am] very happy to get the win for Canada, we really needed it.”

The 18-year-old Auger-Aliassime then completed Canada's comeback, defeating Norbert Gombos 6-3, 6-4 in 88 minutes. The victory was Auger-Aliassime's first in Davis Cup competition, following his debut loss to Klizan on Friday.

GERMANY 5, HUNGARY 0
Venue: Fraport Arena, Frankfurt, Germany
Surface: Hard, Indoors

After winning both opening singles rubbers, Germany completed a perfect tie in Frankfurt with three victories on Saturday. The home nation clinched victory with Tim Puetz and Jan-Lennard Struff's 6-2, 6-3 win over Gabor Borsos and Peter Nagy, before Alexander Zverev and Philipp Kohlschreiber scored their second wins of the tie.

Zverev dropped only three points behind his second serve (7/10) to beat Borsos 6-3, 6-4, while Kohlschreiber edged David Szintai 6-7(5), 6-3, 10-5. Kohlschreiber hit eight aces and earned the only break of the match, in the second set, to triumph after one hour and 38 minutes.

RUSSIA 3, SWITZERLAND 1
Venue: Swiss Tennis Arena, Biel, Switzerland
Surface: Hard, Indoors

The second day of play in Biel started off with a stunner, before order was restored. Fifteen-year-old Jerome Kym of Switzerland stepped in for the doubles rubber alongside Henri Laaksonen to shock Evgeny Donskoy and Andrey Rublev 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(1), keeping the home team's hopes alive. Laaksonen then led World No. 11 Karen Khachanov by a set and was within two points of victory in the second-set tie-break.

But reigning Rolex Paris Masters champion Khachanov showed his resilience, defeating Laaksonen 6-7(2), 7-6(6), 6-4 to clinch the tie for Russia. Khachanov failed to convert 15 of the 17 break points he earned, but the 22-year-old triumphed after two hours and 41 minutes nonetheless.

NETHERLANDS 3, CZECH REPUBLIC 1
Ostravar Arena, Ostrava, Czech Republic
Surface: Hard, Indoors

For a moment, it appeared that the Czech Republic was poised to take a 2-1 lead in its tie against the Dutch in Ostrava. But instead, the Netherlands captured the crucial doubles rubber and went on to clinch a 3-1 victory against the three-time Davis Cup champions.

Robin Haase and Jean-Julien Rojer saved three match points in a tense doubles rubber to defeat Lukas Rosol and Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic 7-6(5), 3-6, 7-6(7) in two hours and 31 minutes. The Dutch overcame a 4-6 deficit in the third-set tie-break to earn the win. Haase then returned to the court to beat 17-year-old Jiri Lehecka 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 in one hour and 59 minutes to finish off the tie.

CHILE 3, AUSTRIA 2
Venue: Salzburg Arena/Messezentrum Salzburg, Austria
Surface: Clay, Indoors

Austrian veterans Oliver Marach and Jurgen Melzer gave their country a lead against Chile on Saturday, but it was not enough to overcome the visiting team. Victories from Nicolas Jarry and Christian Garin earned Chile a spot in Madrid. 

Marach and Melzer overcame a 1-4 final-set deficit against Marcelo Tomas Barrios Vera and Hans Podlipnik-Castillo to win the match 6-4, 2-6, 7-5, giving Austria a 2-1 advantage in the tie. But World No. 41 Jarry battled past Dennis Novak 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(2), and Christian Garin dismissed Jurij Rodionov 6-2, 6-1 to help Chile move on.

BELGIUM 3, BRAZIL 1
Venue: Sabiazinho - Ginasio Presidente Tancredo Neves, Uberlândia, Brazil
Surface: Clay, Indoors

Brazil was in good position entering Saturday's play, with doubles stars Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares taking the court to try to give their country the lead. But Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen beat the Brazilians 6-4, 7-6(4) to give Belgium a 2-1 lead. Kimmer Coppejans then finished off the tie with a 6-3, 6-4 victory in one hour and 26 minutes.