London – the next step for Canada in the pursuit of a Davis Cup title defense is a quarter-final match with Finland this fall in Malaga, Spain.
The draw for the Nov. The 21-26 competition took place on Tuesday at the offices of the International Tennis Federation. In other matches of the final 8, Serbia will face Great Britain, the Czech Republic will face Australia and Italy will face the Netherlands.
Canada showed its depth in last week’s group stage, as youngsters Alexis Galarneau and Gabriel Diallo joined veteran Vasek Pospisil to defeat Chile, host Italy and Sweden in Bologna, Italy.
Finland, meanwhile, upset the United States and Croatia to get its first appearance in this knockout phase of the men’s tennis team event.
Canada overcome Australia 2-0 in 2022 to win the Davis Cup for the first time since the event began in 1900.
Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ontario., and Felix Auger-Aliassime of Montreal won their singles matches in the Final. Pospisil of Vernon, British Columbia, and Auger-Aliassime played doubles, but the match was not played because Canada had won.
Diallo, the world number 161 from Montreal, and Galarneau, the world number 202 from Laval, Quebec., were nominated for the 2022 team, but did not play in the final 8.
Both players delivered in the group stage that year, as the 14th-ranked Auger-Aliassime did not make the trip and dropped Shapovalov, the world number 31, with a knee health issue.
Galarneau made sure on Saturday with a 6: 3, 7: 6 (5) – he defeated Chilean Alejandro Tabilo in the final 8. Diallo dropped Nicolas Jarry a 6-4, 6-4 decision before Galarneau and Pospisil teamed up for a 6-3, 7-6 (6) victory over Tabilo and Tomas Barrios Vera.
The winner of the Canada-Finland match will face Australia or the Czech Republic in the semi-finals. The Czechs were the only team to post an undefeated record of 9-0 in the group stage.
Canada overcome Finland 4-1 on clay away in their only previous Davis Cup match in 1966 in Helsinki, Finland.
The only Finn in the Top 100 of the ATP Tour individual rankings This week is Emil Ruusuvuori in 57th place.
Otto Virtanen is next in 126th place. Harri Heliovaara takes the 30th place in doubles.
Canada is in first place in the Davis Cup standings ahead of Spain, Australia, Croatia and the United Kingdom. Finland jumped seven places to 14th place.
The last country to win two consecutive Davis Cup crowns was the Czech Republic in 2012 and 2013.