Canada lastly beat US to achieve Davis Cup final eight


MADRID (Information) – Canada turned the primary nation to achieve the quarter-finals of the revamped Davis Cup on Tuesday after beating the USA for the primary time on the 16th try.

Tennis – Davis Cup Finals – Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain – November 19, 2019 Canada’s Denis Shapovalov celebrates with teammates after profitable his group stage match in opposition to Taylor Fritz of the U.S. Information/Susana Vera

For the second day in a row, 150th-ranked Vasek Pospisil gave them the right begin earlier than 20-year-old Denis Shapovalov completed the job to make it two wins from two in Group F.

Pospisil, who upset the rankings to beat Italy’s Fabio Fognini of their opening tie, edged out towering American teenager Reilly Opelka 7-6(5) 7-6(7) to the delight of a vocal Canadian contingent within the stands.

“Canada is de facto in the most effective place it’s been in tennis historical past,” Pospisil instructed reporters.

“Now we have unbelievable younger abilities in Denis, Felix (Auger Aliassime), Bianca (Andreescu), after which some older guys… myself now and Milos (Raonic). It’s simply at the moment proper now we’re on a run and we have now tons of nice gamers.”

Shapovalov, who reached the Paris Masters last this month and has risen to 15th within the rankings, then beat Taylor Fritz 7-6 6-Three to seal the win.

The doubles rubber was conceded by the Canadians as three of their gamers had been declared unfit to play, an ITF spokesman stated, so the ultimate outcome was 2-1 to Canada, the identical scoreline by which they beat Italy by Monday.

“USA will get one match win and a 6-Zero 6-Zero scoreline by way of units and video games gained. If Italy defeats U.S., it would don’t have any affect in any respect,” the ITF stated in a press release.

Canada captain Frank Dancevic stated they conceded the doubles to keep away from danger of damage.

“We had a really, very powerful two days,” he stated. “The blokes put their hearts on the road out on the court docket and … they’d some accidents that we didn’t need to danger going into the doubles at present.

“There was a danger to get harm going into the practices tomorrow and afterward within the week. So it’s greatest to tug out.”

The 18 nations collaborating at La Caja Magica are cut up into six teams with the group winners and two greatest runners-up transferring by means of to the quarter-finals on Thursday and Friday.

Tuesday’s conflict was the primary between the north American neighbours since 1965. Canada had misplaced the final 4 conferences, all performed below the previous five-rubber system, 5-Zero.

The US have gained a document 32 Davis Cups however none since 2007.

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