Middelkerke (Ostend), July 19, 2015 – Belgium completed the 5-0 sweep of the Canadian Davis Cup team in their Davis Cup by BNP Paribas quarter-final tie on Sunday after securing victories in both the reverse singles matches. Kimmer Coppejans defeated Frank Dancevic 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 and Filip Peliwo fell to Steve Darcis 6-4, 6-3.
After Belgium clinched the tie on Saturday with a win in doubles, the Sunday reverse singles were played as “dead rubbers”. Instead of best-of-five set matches, they were played as best-of-three. There was a fun atmosphere in the stadium at Sportpark Krokodiel as players put on a good show for fans in attendance. Included were the more than 100 Canadian fans that had made the trip to Belgium to support the team for the weekend.
“It’s amazing that the fans came all this way,” said Dancevic. “From the first point on Friday all the way through the support has been amazing. In my match Friday they pulled me back in it during the first set for sure. We feed off of them. We just wish we could have given them a win here.”
“Despite losing the tie already I considered it an important match,” said Peliwo. “I’m still representing my country and there’s no way I would go out and not give 100%. I had to soak up the most experience I can from this and playing guys ranked this high is really good for me.”
Canada’s focus will now turn to the 2016 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas competition where they will be playing in the World Group for the fifth consecutive year. Their first round opponent will be determined at the official draw which will be held in September after the World Group play-off ties have been concluded.
“Obviously this isn’t the performance we wanted,” said team captain Martin Laurendeau. “We were hoping to come away with a better result but it didn’t turn out that way. All we can do now is look ahead to next year and hope for a good draw so we can come back and try and do it again. It will be more than six months from now so lots of time for the guys to improve even further and we can be a dangerous team next year.”
Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is the largest annual international team competition in sport with 126 nations competing in 2015. Only 16 countries entered in Davis Cup competition qualify for the World Group each year.