Canada takes commanding Davis Cup lead over Colombia

Vasek Pospisil may have started the process of giving Canada a stranglehold in its Davis Cup tie against Colombia./p>

The 24-year old Canadian beat his higher ranked Colombian opponent Santiago Giraldo 6-3, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3 in Friday’s opening match in the Davis Cup World Group play-off. The country that wins the best-of-five (which consists of four singles matches sandwiching a doubles tie over three days) takes a spot in the elite World Group for the 2015 Davis Cup contested between the planet’s top tennis nation.

With world No. 7 ranked Milos Raonic next up for the Canadians, there is a very good possibility that Team Canada could be up 2-0, with the doubles tie awaiting Saturday which features the legendary Daniel Nestor.

Pospisil consolidated a break in the first set before holding off Giraldo, saving his final service game to take the lead on Friday.

Despite some early frustrations in the second set, Pospisil showed tremendous character, feeding off a loud, supportive crowd in Halifax to fight back from down a break to force a tiebreaker. There he completely dominated Giraldo to take a two-sets-to-zero lead.

In what proved to be the final set, Giraldo looked out of gas against an increasingly confident Pospisil and the relentless Canadian supporters who used every opening in the match to get behind their player. Pospisil comfortably served out the match taking the third set 6-3.

Raonic takes on Alejandro Gonzalez in the second rubber of the day, hoping to give Canada a massive advantage heading into Saturday.

Much more to come. 

Scott Harrigan
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