The Australians will be looking to avenge their previous defeat to the Canadians – in the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals 2019.

What's at stake?

Everything. Australia and Canada are on the verge of making history and both are well aware that opportunities such as these are as precious as they are rare.

Australia have been crowned Davis Cup champions 28 times – second only to the United States (with 32) – but since their last triumph in 2003 the trophy has remained out of reach.

Captain Lleyton Hewitt knows what it means to succeed in the men’s World Cup of Tennis and was in that Australia team in 2003 when they sealed their last title-winning victory against Spain in Melbourne.

The list of Australians who have won the Davis Cup is long and Alex de Minaur, Jordan Thompson, Thanasi Kokkinakis, Max Purcell and Matt Ebden now have the opportunity to join those legendary names.

Greats of the game – Lew Hoad, Ken Rosewall, Fred Stolle, Roy Emerson, John Newcombe, Tony Roche, Rod Laver, Pat Cash, Todd Woodbridge, Mark Woodforde and Hewitt are all past Australian champions. The baton now passes to the class of 2022.

Captain Lleyton Hewitt was part of the Australia team that last won the Davis Cup title in 2003

After beating Italy in a pulsating semi-final on Saturday, Canada, who first contested a DavisCup tie in 1913, have the chance to break new ground with a first Davis Cup win. In short, immortality awaits.

Canada have been in this position far more recently than Australia after reaching the 2019 final at the inaugural edition of the Davis Cup Finals in Madrid, only to succumb to hosts Spain.

However, while there are never any guarantees, over recent years there has been a certain inevitability that sometime soon Canada would go deep in Davis Cup again – and here they are, on the cusp of something incredibly special.

Canada celebrate victory over Australia in 2019

History

The two nations have faced each other in the Davis Cup on 10 occasions, with Australia the dominant force with nine victories in that time, although the last of those wins came in 1964.

Since that one-sided showdown in Montreal – indeed, Canada only recorded one match-win against Australia in their first nine meetings – they have faced each other just once more.

That tie came during the 2019 Finals with Canada advancing to the semi-finals following a 2-1 victory in Madrid. Denis Shapovalov and Vasek Pospisil saw Canada through by dispatching John Peers and Thompson in the doubles following singles wins for Pospisil and De Minaur.

Who to watch out for

De Minaur is a man possessed while wearing the green and gold of Australia and has now racked up 11 victories from his last 12 Davis Cup singles matches dating back to February 2019.

He has admitted this week that for him to reach the next level, in terms of results and performance on the ATP Tour, the Alex de Minaur on show for Australia needs to show up more often.

That is how well he is playing in the competition and what winning on behalf of his nation means, while one more victory in the final would maintain his perfect Davis Cup record this season and take him to seven wins for the year.

Alex de Minaur (AUS)

Alex De Minaur (AUS)

Canada have undoubted quality and should they end up on the podium on Sunday world No.6 Felix Auger-Aliassime is likely to have had a significant say in proceedings – in one capacity or another.

The 22-year-old has now won his last seven Davis Cup matches across singles and doubles, including the decisive doubles showdown in the semi-final against Italy.

Canada have rotated their doubles pairings to great effect, with Denis Shapovalov partnering Pospisil against Germany in the quarter-finals and Auger-Aliassime teaming up with Pospisil in the semis.

Australia have also shown their flexibility in doubles, with Jordan Thompson replacing the injured Matt Ebden and partnering Max Purcell against Croatia’s Mate Pavic and Nikola Mektic in their last-four encounter.

It is quite clear that no quarter will be given.

Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN)

Felix Auger-Aliassime

Who's saying what

Australia captain Lleyton Hewitt:

“Australia has a really rich history in this competition, and we have been fortunate enough to win it on a lot of occasions. I know how much it meant to me as a player to get the opportunity to play in finals, so I am thrilled that these boys get that opportunity as well.

“It’s what they have worked so hard for, and we are fortunate that we come from a country that has played in this competition for so many years. I just couldn’t be prouder of these guys and the heart, passion and pride they are playing with.”

Canada captain Frank Dancevic:

“I’m so proud of this team and so proud of the guys and what they have accomplished. We are going to celebrate a bit tonight, for sure, but we have another match tomorrow.  The the ultimate goal is to win the cup, and that is what we are dialled in to do.”

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