Canada takes 2-1 lead after Day 2 of Davis Cup

- Nestor/Pospisil defeat Bopanna/Raja in close doubles duel - 18-year-old Denis Shapovalov could clinch tie for Canada on Sunday

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In a battle of two teams featuring experienced doubles players, Canada captured a 2-1 lead over India on the second day of Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group play-off action at Northlands Coliseum in Edmonton. Daniel Nestor (Toronto) and Vasek Pospisil (Vancouver) solved the Indian duo of Rohan Bopanna and Purav Raja 7-5, 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 on Saturday to give Canada the edge heading into Sunday’s final day of competition.

After being held out of Friday’s schedule for precautionary reasons following a back injury, Pospisil looked strong in the two hour and 52 minute contest. The Canadians broke their opponents six times over the course of the match, with half of those coming in the dramatic second set. In the third, India first broke at 3-3 to swing the momentum in their favour as they extended the match. However, they couldn’t capitalize on their momentum and Canada was able to secure the huge victory in four sets.

“I think it played a big part in the win today for two reasons,” said Pospisil about sitting out Friday’s singles rubber. “One, I think I wasn’t ready to play yesterday. I would’ve been pretty beat up after playing going into today. The other part is that I could do more doubles stuff knowing that my first match was going to be doubles and not singles. It changes a lot; I think today was one of my best doubles performances at Davis Cup because I didn’t have that match on Friday.”

This is Nestor’s first Davis Cup win since Canada’s victory over Japan in the 2015 World Group first round over Japan. He now is 48-26 in Davis Cup play, a Canadian record.

“It was special because I had a tough year and wasn’t sure about coming,” commented Nestor following the match. “Once I got here I was just thankful that I came. I think it would have been really difficult for me if I had not come to just sit back and watch and not be a part of it. So I’m happy that I came but the most important thing is that we got the win.”

A large part of Canada’s recent Davis Cup success has come at the hands of Nestor and Pospisil. Nestor has represented the Canadian flag in 51 ties, while Pospisil has displayed some of his best tennis on the Davis Cup stage. The Canadian duo now hold a 6-4 record when playing together in Davis Cup competition.

Sunday at a glance

After Saturday’s match, Canada sits just one win away from guaranteeing its spot in the elite World Group for a seventh consecutive year. Denis Shapovalov (Richmond Hill, Ont.) has the first opportunity to secure the tie at 1 p.m. MT on Sunday. He is set to meet Ramkumar Ramanathan in the first of the day’s matches, featuring the two No. 1 players of the tie.

If Ramanathan levels the score for India, the fifth match is currently set to feature each team’s No. 2 players, Brayden Schnur (Pickering, Ont.) for Canada and India’s Yuki Bhambri. Team captains Martin Laurendeau and Mahesh Bhupathi are able to change their nominations prior to the match.
“Denis did his job as our No. 1, he got us the win yesterday. He’s ready to play two matches this weekend,” said Laurendeau ahead of Shapovalov’s start on Sunday. “He’s got a lot of tennis under his belt to make him feel good about his game but it’s a team effort. No one is going to take this weekend on their own. It’s distribution of performances. This win today was huge.”

SHAPOVALOV VS. RAMANATHAN – This will be their first meeting

SHAPOVALOV

RAMANATHAN

18 years old

22 years old

World No. 51

World No. 154

Career-high of world No. 51 (September 2017)

Career-high of world No. 154 (September 2017)

Third Davis Cup tie

Fifth Davis Cup tie

2-2 in Davis Cup play

6-3 in Davis Cup play

SCHNUR VS. BHAMBRI – This will be their first meeting

SCHNUR

BHAMBRI

22 years old

25 years old

World No. 202

World No. 157

Career-high of world No. 192
(August 2017)

Career-high of world No. 88
(November 2015)

1st Davis Cup tie

10th Davis Cup tie

0-1 in Davis Cup play

12-6 in Davis Cup play

Order of play overview

Davis Cup World Group Play-offs
Canada vs. India
September 15-17, 2017
Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton
Canada leads 2-1

Date

Event

Match/Result

Friday, Sept. 15

First Singles Rubber

Ramanathan d. Schnur 5-7, 7-6(4), 7-5, 7-5

Friday, Sept. 15

Second Singles Rubber

Shapovalov d. Bhambri 7-6(2), 6-4, 6-7(6), 4-6, 6-1

Saturday, Sept. 16

Doubles Rubber

Nestor/Pospisil d. Bopanna/Raja 7-5, 7-5, 5-7, 6-3

Sunday, Sept. 17

Third Singles Rubber

Shapovalov vs. Ramanathan

Sunday, Sept. 17

Fourth Singles Rubber

Schnur vs. Bhambri

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