Canada beats US for first time in Davis Cup – TSN

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Pospisil, Shapovalov engineer Canadas historic win over U.S. at Davis Cup
9h ago Canada beats US for first time in Davis Cup Canada is heading to the quarterfinals at the inaugural Davis Cup Finals after sweeping a pair of singles matches against the United States on Tuesday. Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., clinched the victory in the best-of-three tie, beating Taylor Fritz 7-6 (6), 6-3. The Canadian Press

MADRID — Canada is heading to the quarterfinals at the inaugural Davis Cup Finals after sweeping a pair of singles matches against the United States on Tuesday.

Both wins came in front of hundreds of Canadian tennis fans who have made the trip to Spain for the week-long event. This is the first year of the new Davis Cup format, which has streamlined its competition. ‘Ties’ are now a best-of-three rubbers format, consisting of two singles and one doubles match. The Finals replaces the World Group, with 18 countries competing in the Finals at a central location.

Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., clinched the victory in the best-of-three tie, beating Taylor Fritz 7-6 (6), 6-3.

“It’s amazing, honestly it’s just such an honour to play for my country, represent it,” said Shapovalov. “I think the whole team is putting such an amazing effort. The fans are spectacular, it’s not just me, it’s the whole team and everyone around us.”

Earlier, Vancouvers Vasek Pospisil recorded his second major upset in as many days when the world No. 150 beat No. 36 Reilly Opelka 7-6 (5), 7-6 (7).

Denis Shapovalov (No. 15) clinched it for Canada with a straight sets victory (7-6, 6-3) over No. 32-ranked American Taylor Fritz. Shapovalov’s win followed up Vasek Pospisil’s surprise victory (7-6, 7-6) over No. 36-ranked Reilley Opelka.

“Canadas really in the best place its been in tennis history,” said Pospisil. “We have incredible young talents… and then some older guys, which I guess I can say Im older now, myself now and Milos (Raonic).

Later, Americans Sam Querrey and Jack Sock took the doubles match against Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime in a walkover.

Shapovalov and Pospisil each scored upset wins on Monday to defeat Italy. Shapovalov took down world No. 8 Matteo Berrettini in three sets (7-6, 6-7, 7-6), while Pospisil defeated 12th-ranked Fabio Fognini (7-6, 7-5).

Canada (2-0) has now clinched Group F after winning all four of its singles matches against the Americans and Italy. Canada has lost both doubles matches, with Shapovalov and Pospisil falling in three sets to Italy on Monday.

Waiting for Canada in the quarters will be the winner of Group D — either Australia or Belgium. The Canadians could get a boost to their lineup, as Auger-Aliassime is nearing a return from an ankle injury.

It was Canadas first win against the U.S., in 16 Davis Cup ties. Canada had a match record of 3-70 against the Americans entering Tuesday.

The 29-year-old Pospisil, from Vancouver, beat world No. 12 Fabio Fognini on Monday en route to Canadas 2-1 win over Italy. Pospisil was a late replacement against Italy for Montreals Auger-Aliassime, who was recovering from an ankle injury.

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The six-foot-11 Opelka, known for his big serve, fought off one match point against Pospisil in the second set to tie it at 6-6. But Pospisil rebounded to end it in two sets.

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Pospisil, who reached a career-high No. 25 in the rankings in 2014, tumbled down the list after missing the first half of 2019 following back surgery.

The win by Canada secured first place in Group F and puts them through to the quarter-finals on Thursday.

But he has shown signs of progress in recent months, upsetting then-No. 9 Karen Khachanov at the U.S. Open before advancing to the round of 16 at the Shanghai Masters.

Playing a level down in Challengers earlier this fall, Pospisil captured two tournament titles in the U.S.

“To be honest, I just wanted to finish the year healthy, that was my goal when I came back,” said Pospisil. “I mean, I had surgery in the lower back. I didnt know, I didnt even know if Id be, like, get to this level. I mean, I was optimistic, but Im just saying you never know, right?”

Shapovalov, 20, also has been on a roll. He captured his first career ATP Tour title at the Stockholm Open last month before reaching the final of the Paris Masters.

“I think the last two matches Ive been able to really play well. Aside from struggling with the serve a little bit, I think off the ground, off the returns, I played really well and kept the form from Paris,” said Shapovalov.

The winners of each of the six groups and the next two best teams advance to the quarterfinals. Canada will face either Belgium or Australia in the next round.

Canada is heading to the quarter-finals at the inaugural Davis Cup Finals after sweeping a pair of singles matches against the United States on Tuesday.

Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., clinched the victory in the best-of-three tie, beating Taylor Fritz 7-6 (6), 6-3.

Earlier, Vancouver's Vasek Pospisil recorded his second major upset in as many days when the world No. 150 beat No. 36 Reilly Opelka 7-6 (5), 7-6 (7).

"Canada's really in the best place it's been in tennis history," said Pospisil. "We have incredible young talents … and then some older guys, which I guess I can say I'm older now, myself now and Milos [Raonic].

"Right now we're on a run and we have tons of great players. It's just how it goes."

Later, Americans Sam Querrey and Jack Sock took the doubles match against Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime in a walkover.

Canada (2-0) has now clinched Group F after winning all four of its singles matches against the Americans and Italy.

It was Canada's first win against the U.S., in 16 Davis Cup ties. Canada had a match record of 3-70 against the Americans entering Tuesday.

The 29-year-old Pospisil, from Vancouver, beat world No. 12 Fabio Fognini on Monday en route to Canada's 2-1 win over Italy. Pospisil was a late replacement for Felix Auger-Aliassime (recovering from an ankle injury) against Italy.

The six-foot-11 Opelka, known for his big serve, fought off one match point against Pospisil in the second set to tie it at 6-6. But Pospisil rebounded to end it in two sets.

Pospisil, who reached a career-high No. 25 in the rankings in 2014, tumbled down the list after missing the first half of 2019 following back surgery.

But he has shown signs of progress in recent months, upsetting then-No. 9 Karen Khachanov at the U.S. Open before advancing to the round of 16 at the Shanghai Masters.

Playing a level down in Challengers earlier this fall, Pospisil captured two tournament titles in the U.S.

"To be honest, I just wanted to finish the year healthy, that was my goal when I came back," said Pospisil. "I mean, I had surgery in the lower back. I didn't know, I didn't even know if I'd be, like, get to this level. I mean, I was optimistic, but I'm just saying you never know, right?"

Shapovalov, 20, also has been on a roll. He captured his first career ATP Tour title at the Stockholm Open last month before reaching the final of the Paris Masters.

"I think the last two matches I've been able to really play well. Aside from struggling with the serve a little bit, I think off the ground, off the returns, I played really well and kept the form from Paris," said Shapovalov.

The winners of each of the six groups and the next two best teams advance to the quarterfinals. Canada will face either Belgium or Australia in the next round.

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