MADRID (Information) – Canada’s tennis revolution continued as they claimed their first ever Davis Cup victory over Australia to achieve the semi-finals on Thursday with 150th-ranked Vasek Pospisil the hero as soon as once more.
Tennis – Davis Cup Finals – Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain – November 21, 2019 Canada’s Denis Shapovalov and Vasek Pospisil have fun after successful their doubles match agianst Australia’s John Friends and Jordan Thompson Information/Sergio Perez
The 29-year-old recorded his third successive singles win within the revamped Finals at Madrid’s La Caja Magica, beating John Millman 7-6(7) 6-Four, however Alex De Minaur leveled the tie when he recovered from a set right down to beat Denis Shapovalov.
Pospisil and Shapovalov joined forces within the deciding doubles rubber in opposition to Jordan Thompson and John Friends, successful 6-Four 6-Four in entrance of a number of hundred delirious Canadian followers.
Canada will face both Serbia or Russia within the semi-finals on Saturday.
Australia, who received the final of their 28 Davis Cup crowns in 2003, have been surprisingly with out Nick Kyrgios, who received each his singles matches within the group-stage wins over Colombia and Belgium, and he was sorely missed.
Canada’s tennis fortunes have soared lately and Bianca Andreescu received the U.S. Open girls’s title this 12 months.
They’re now in solely their third Davis Cup semi-final regardless of arriving in Spain with out injured Milos Raonic and with fast-rising teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime within the squad however having performed no half thus far.
Canada beat america within the group section on Tuesday, their first victory over their neighbors in 16 makes an attempt.
Their document in opposition to Australia was nearly as unhealthy, shedding all 10 of the Davis Cup ties between the 2 nations.
However the big-serving Pospisil has been a person on a mission since arriving within the Spanish capital and gave his aspect an excellent begin as he beat 48th-ranked Millman.
Pospisil was in early hassle and trailed Four-1 however he battled again to pressure a tiebreak wherein he saved two set factors earlier than taking the opener.
The second set went with serve till Pospisil discovered two gorgeous forehands when Millman served at Four-5 to say the win.
Shapovalov performed beautifully within the opening set to overpower fellow 20-year-old De Minaur however he couldn’t maintain his degree and the wily Australian, ranked 18th, hit again.
Shapovalov gathered himself, although, and threatened to interrupt within the eighth recreation of the decider earlier than saving three break factors at Four-Four from Zero-40.
De Minaur did break at 5-5 and held serve to take the tie right into a doubles decider however Canada wouldn’t be denied and it was applicable that Pospisil, the participant of the week, sealed the victory with a commanding final service recreation.
Reporting by Martyn Herman, modifying by Ed Osmond