All Square Between Canada ,Japan in Davis Cup Action

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Patrick Flynn

Vasek Pospisil (CAN) Kei Nishikori (JAPAN) shake hands after game two 

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(ISN) – Vancouver – Kei Nishikori defeated Vasek Pospisil 6-4, 7-6(5), 6-3 in the 2nd rubber of the Davis Cup’s first round matchup between Canada and Japan, after Milos Raonic of Canada demolished Japan’s Tatsuma Imo in the first rubber of the day.

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It was time for Japan’s best player Nishikori, to even the tie at 1 all. The pair held serve, until 3-3 of the first set when 4th ranked Nishikori broke 62nd ranked Pospisil to go up 4-3. They continued to hold serve for the rest of the 43 minute first set and Nishikori won 6-4. Vasek Pospisil of Vernon, BC made the second set close despite multiple unforced errors. For example, he had an excellent chance to break Nishikori when he was up 3-2, but after various unforced errors, the game slipped away and Nishikori won it in deuce.

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Pospisil and Nishikori swapped serving game wins for the entire second set and found themselves in a tiebreak at the end of it. The tiebreak went back and forth like a see-saw. Nishikori was the lone one able to come out on top, getting some assistance from his speed. 6-4, 7-6(5) for Nishikori was the score at the end of 2 sets. The players traded breaks in the third and with Nishikori up 4-3, Pospisil had a great chance to draw even but he double faulted to give Nishikori a 5-3 lead. Nishikori didn’t give up a single point in the ensuing game and claimed the win for Japan.

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After the game, Nishikori said, “I tried to concentrate on his (Pospisil’s) second serve and play solid” to Arash Madani of Sportsnet on his victory. Saturday will be the only doubles match of the weekend and could end up being the deciding factor of this tie. The match begins at 1pm at Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre. Sunday will be equally as entertaining as Saturday when the best players from both teams face each other. Number 6 ranked Raonic will take on 4th ranked Nishikori. That rubber will be followed by Pospisil vs Ito. The winner of this tie will advance to the World Group quarter-finals, while the loser must take part in a playoff to maintain its spot among the world tennis elite for next year.

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