Tennis

Canada into ATP Cup quarter-finals after Argentina victory

Canada secured the eighth and final spot to advance to the quarter-finals at the ATP Cup on Wednesday, thanks to an Argentina victory over Croatia. Next up is a date with world No. 2 Novak Djokovic and Serbia.

Canadians, who needed help by others to advance, to meet Novak Djokovic and Serbia on Friday

Denis Shapovalov and his Canadian teammates are headed to the quarter-finals of the ATP Cup in Australia following Argentina's win over Croatia in doubles on Wednesday. (Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Canada has advanced to the quarter-finals of the ATP Cup.

The Canadians got the help they needed on the final day of the first round, capped by an Argentina win over Croatia in doubles on Wednesday to give Canada the eighth and final berth in Perth, Australia.

Canada (2-1 in preliminary round play), will face Serbia, led by world No. 2 Novak Djokovic, in the quarter-finals on Friday.

Canada advanced as one of the top two second-place finishers. Australia won Group F, also featuring Canada, Germany and Greece.

The Canadians, who have featured Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime at the tournament, are coming off a run to the Davis Cup Finals in November.

Great Britain will face Australia, Russia will meet Argentina and Spain will take on Belgium in the other quarter-finals.

Diego Schwartzman of Argentina wins his singles match against Borna Coric of Croatia at the inaugural ATP Cup tennis tournament, en route to 3-0 team victory to help Canada advance to the quarter-finals. (William West/AFP via Getty Images)

Spain moves on

Spain advanced to the quarter-finals of the even before Rafael Nadal stepped on to the court Wednesday at the Perth Arena.

Spain, which won the Davis Cup, stayed in the hunt for its second international team victory in seven weeks when Roberto Bautista Agut beat Japan's Go Soeda 6-2, 6-4.

Japan needed to beat Spain 3-0 in order for the Nadal-led team not to advance to the Final Eight in Sydney beginning Thursday. Nadal later had a 7-6 (4), 6-4 win over world No. 72 Yoshihito Nishioka, committing 36 unforced errors.

"I always enjoy sharing important moments with friends, and we had a lot of success during our entire careers playing for our country in Davis Cup," Nadal said. "So for us it's a good start, to be able to be qualified for Sydney already. The conditions will be different, and a three-hour time [difference]. There's a lot of things we need to adjust to, and the period of time to make it happen is very short."

Spain, Serbia, Australia, and Russia all enter the knockout stages unbeaten as group winners.

Previously winless Poland's surprise victory over Austria eliminated world No. 4 Dominic Thiem's lineup. Hubert Hurkacz's 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5) victory over Thiem sealed Austria's fate after Kacper Zuk beat Dennis Novak 5-7, 7-6 (3), 6-3 in the opening match in Sydney.

In other matches on the final day of group play, Serbia, which had already qualified for the quarter-finals, beat Chile in Group A. Dusan Lajovic beat Nicolas Jarry 6-2, 7-6 (3) before Novak Djokovic defeated Cristian Garin 6-3, 6-3.

The semifinals are set for Saturday and the final on Sunday.

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