MADRID (Information) – Canada’s determination to forfeit their doubles rubber in Tuesday’s Group F conflict in opposition to the U.S. on the revamped Davis Cup Finals has come beneath fireplace from rival groups.
Victories in each singles rubbers had given Canada a 2-Zero result in seal a primary ever Davis Cup win over their neighbors in 16 makes an attempt and assure them prime spot within the group.
They then opted to concede the doubles rubber, giving the U.S. a 6-Zero 6-Zero victory.
“Three of the Canadian gamers have been handed unfit to the play the doubles,” the organizers the ITF mentioned on the time.
The U.S. face Italy afterward Wednesday at La Caja Magica with the winner of the tie ending runner-up.
With the 2 finest runners-up within the six teams becoming a member of the group winners within the quarter-finals, the U.S. may gain advantage from the truth that have been successfully handed two reward 6-Zero units, ought to they beat Italy and end second behind Canada.
“I personally don’t like that. I imply, that shouldn’t be allowed, to be sincere,” Serbia’s Novak Djokovic informed reporters after his facet’s Three-Zero win over Japan in Group A on Wednesday.
“I perceive that Canada is thru already, they received each of their ties. Possibly among the gamers like Felix (Auger-Aliassime), I feel he’s injured, they usually wished to relaxation their gamers for the quarter-finals and onwards.
“However I simply really feel it’s not truthful the U.S. will get 6-Zero 6-Zero. That 6-Zero 6-Zero would possibly make a giant distinction within the calculations for the second-best groups within the group. I feel everybody must be obliged to return out and play, at the least play.”
Britain’s Andy Murray agreed.
“I don’t suppose that’s good. I used to be saying I felt like one of many constructive issues to the best way the group levels work is that the entire matches are dwell, there isn’t any lifeless rubbers.
“So the place Canada might have felt that that was a lifeless rubber in concept for them as a result of they have been already by, that might have implications to the entire groups doubtlessly which may end in second place.
“Additionally they’d have had two days off as effectively after that so I feel they need to have performed the tie.”
The perfect second-placed nations will likely be determined first on matches received, then particular person rubbers, then units after which video games.
Reporting by Martyn Herman, modifying by Pritha Sarkar