Canada Galarneau Diallo Victories Overcome Italy in Davis Cup

Alexis Galarneau and Gabriel Diallo launched the defending champions of Canada with a 2-0 victory over Italy in the opening of the group stage of the Davis Cup final on Wednesday.

Galarneau de Laval, The., won the opening single with 7: 6 (8), 6: 4 against Lorenzo Sonego. Montreal’s Diallo then overcome Lorenzo Musetti 7-5, 6-4 to claim victory over the hosts.

Diallo and Galarneau thus recorded their first career victories in the Davis Cup and their first career victories against an ATP Top 50 player. Musetti is the N° 18 in the world, while Sonego is ranked n° 38.

“It feels good,” Diallo said after his Match. “Above all, the fact that Alexis raised the first point was crucial. Also, set the bar very high for me to try to play my best Tennis because he obviously played a great Match.

“I was in the locker room and I saw his match. It was so inspiring to watch, I got goosebumps and I was really looking forward to jumping on the field.”

The 21-year-old hit 10 Aces and had no Double errors in the one-hour, 23-minute match. Diallo also broke two of his three chances while holding Musetti with no chance of a break point.

“I was really pleased with the way I was serving, the way I was also playing behind my serve and I managed to get two crucial breaks, and that was all I needed today to get the job done,” said Diallo, who is ranked 158th.

Galarneau, 24, was tested by his team from the first match, which he won after eight minutes after saving four break points.

Galarneau then regrouped and sealed the result of the first set by saving two set points in the tiebreaker.

“It was a roller coaster set, although I was able to avoid the low points,” Galarneau said of the first set. “I have to thank my teammates and my bank for helping me not to get into it when it was a little more difficult. It was a decisive factor in my victory.”

Galarneau-the 200. Touring player – continued his good work in the second set, giving himself a chance to win by breaking a 3-2 lead in the fifth game. Sonego then called a sports therapist because he seemed bothered by an health issue to his right leg in the calf area.

This did not shake the concentration of Galarneau, who confirmed his team’s victory by converting his first of two match balls to serve at 5-4 — much to the dismay of the mainly national crowd.

“It was awesome,” Galarneau said after his game. “Great atmosphere, great moment for me to win a Davis Cup match.

“I just had a lot of fun there. The teammates were great, the crowd went crazy. They weren’t for me, but I still appreciate that they came out and the passion they showed was awesome.”

Canada will face Sweden on Thursday before playing Chile in Group a on Saturday.

The top two teams from the four groups qualify for the knockout stage, which will take place in November. 21-26 in Malaga, Spain.

Canada won the Davis Cup last year for the first time since 1913.

Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ontario., represents Canada for the ninth time in his career, but he was not called up Wednesday.

Vasek Pospisil from Vernon, British Columbia, completes the Canadian quartet in Italy.

Montreal’s Félix Auger-Aliassime, the 14th player in the world, lacks competition.

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