(ISN) – Toronto, September 2, 2014 – Tennis Canada announced Tuesday the Canadian Davis Cup
team nominated to compete in the upcoming Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group
play-off tie between Canada and Colombia in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Frank Dancevic (Niagara Falls, Ont.), Daniel Nestor (Toronto), Vasek Pospisil
(Vancouver), and Milos Raonic (Thornhill, Ont.) were named to the squad by captain
Martin Laurendeau to compete on an indoor hard court at the Metro Halifax Centre
from September 12-14. Jesse Levine (Ottawa), Adil Shamasdin (Toronto) and Brayden
Schnur (Pickering, Ont.) will also be travelling to Halifax with the team as part of
an extended squad of players.
The Colombian Tennis Federation also announced the team that will head to Halifax to
take on the Canadian squad. They selected world No. 32 Santiago Giraldo, No. 71
Alejandro Falla and Top 20 doubles pair Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah.
“A lot of milestones have happened in the careers of our players since the tie in
Japan and I think we are all looking forward to coming back together for Davis Cup
and fighting to prove that we can be a perennial contender by keeping our spot in
the World Group,” said Laurendeau. “Colombia is a very tricky team with talented
players and they are looking to make their own history by advancing to the World
Group for the first time. But, with the support of a home crowd, and in a new and
exciting market, I know our team will be ready to go out there and work hard for a
Dancevic has been a regular member of Canada’s Davis Cup team since 2002, missing
just one year of competition when he was hindered with a back injury in 2008. He has
captured several huge wins while representing his country, and he secured Canada’s
sole point in a disappointing first-round loss to Japan in February with a victory
over Go Soeda. Dancevic is currently ranked world No. 135 and has strung together a
good 2014 season, winning a Challenger event in Kosice and reaching the second round
at Wimbledon which propelled him back into the Top 100 in the world for the first
time since 2009.
This is Nestor’s 22^nd year playing Davis Cup, as he adds to the Canadian Davis Cup
records he already holds, including most wins (46), most doubles wins (31), and most
ties played (46). Nestor has had a stellar 2014 season, capturing four ATP World
Tour titles at Brisbane, Sydney, Madrid and Rome. Nestor, who has clinched at least
one trophy every season for the past 21 years, is third on the all-time list for
most doubles titles in the Open Era with 85. He is currently ranked No. 5 in the
Pospisil will be playing his 10th tie for Canada in Davis Cup. He has been an
integral part of the team since 2011, when he posted a 6-1 record through three ties
and nearly single-handedly won Canada’s World Group play-off against Israel. Last
year, he and Nestor captured two incredible five-set victories in Davis Cup action,
giving Canada a 2-1 lead in both its quarter-final tie versus Italy and semifinal
tie against Serbia. Pospisil started the 2014 season on a roll, reaching the
semifinals at Chennai, the third round at the Australian Open and a career-high
ranking of No. 25 before being sidelined with a back injury. The summer has been a
resurgence for the world No. 46 as he reached his first ATP final at Washington and
started a doubles partnership with American Jack Sock that saw the duo go on a 14-0
run which included the Wimbledon championship, Atlanta trophy and Cincinnati final
before losing their first match.
Raonic went 5-1 in Davis Cup action last year to help lead Canada to the semifinals.
He won the clinching rubbers in both Canada’s first-round tie versus Spain and
quarter-final tie against Italy, suffering his only loss to world No. 1 Novak
Djokovic of Serbia in the semifinals. Raonic has had another record-breaking season
in 2014, becoming the first Canadian male in the Open Era to reach the
quarter-finals of a Grand Slam at the French Open and then subsequently surpassing
his own feat by reaching the semifinals at Wimbledon. He is the only player on the
ATP World Tour to have made the quarter-finals or better at six Masters 1000 events
this year. Currently ranked world No. 6, Raonic is the highest-ranked Canadian
singles player of all time.
Canada started the season in the World Group for the third consecutive year. They
played their first-round tie on the road in February against Japan in Tokyo.
Injuries to Canada’s top two singles players, Raonic and Pospisil, contributed to a
disappointing 4-1 loss, forcing Canada to play this World Group play-off match-up.
Colombia advanced out of the Americas Zone Group I to reach the World Group
play-offs after a 4-1 victory over Dominican Republic in April.
Canada is the seeded team with a Davis Cup world ranking of No. 8. Colombia is
ranked No. 26 in the world. Canada holds a 5-4 record against Colombia with the four
losses having come while playing away in the South American country. The two
countries last met in Bogota in 2010 where Colombia claimed a 4-1 victory.
Canada must win this tie to remain in the World Group for 2015. A loss would
relegate them back to Americas Zone Group I for next year where they have not played