WATCH: Felix Auger-Aliassime's straight-sets win over Alex de Minaur clinched Canada's Davis Cup win against Australia.

There's no 'i' in team ... but there might be an 'eh,' after Canadian men's tennis ended 2022 as it started it: by winning a team event. Just as they did against Spain at the ATP Cup in January, Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime's singles victories helped put Canada in the winner's circle at the Davis Cup Finals.

The pair defeated Thanasi Kokkinakis and Alex de Minaur, respectively, on Sunday to clinch a 2-0 victory over Australia—the country's first Davis Cup title in the competition's 109-year history. Vasek Pospisil also contributed to Canada's cause during the week, as he partnered Shapovalov for a deciding doubles victory against Germany in the quarterfinals, and did the same with Auger-Aliassime to defeat Italy in the semifinals.

The team was rounded out by 23-year-old Alexis Galarneau, who played college tennis at North Carolina State University; and 21-year-old Gabriel Diallo, a rising senior at the University of Kentucky.

"The emotions are tough to describe," Auger-Aliassime said after he delivered Canada's championship point. "All of us here, we've dreamt of this moment. These guys around me—except Vasek, he's a little bit older than me—we grew up together from the ages of 7-8 years old back in Canada dreaming about being on this stage winning these types of matches, winning the Davis Cup, so it's really a dream come true for me personally, and I think for all the team.

"That's what we play for, that's what sport is for, tennis is for. It was a great moment for myself and for the country."


As Auger-Aliassime and Shapovalov have developed into elite ATP talents, they've elevated their country into a tennis powerhouse. In 2015, they helped lead Canada to its first-ever junior Davis Cup title, and they also were integral in the team that finished runner-up in the 2019 Davis Cup Finals.

With the ATP Cup set to be replaced by the mixed-gender United Cup in 2023, and Canada's WTA depth boasting 2019 US Open winner Bianca Andreescu, 2021 US Open finalist Leylah Fernandez, and Top 10-doubles talent Gabriela Dabrowski, the country might be the odds-on favorite for the trophy in each of tennis' myriad of team competitions for years to come.

Auger-Aliassime says belief is key, and that he and his compatriots believe.

"We all developed as players individually. We got better and better over the years, and I feel like, us getting better, we're more ready for these types of moments," Auger-Aliassime said.

"But it's never easy to pull through. We had a great team in front of us ... I'm happy that we were able to get the first Davis Cup with this group."