News ID: 261914
Published: 0303 GMT November 22, 2019

Pospisil inspires Canada to victory over Australia at Davis Cup

Pospisil inspires Canada to victory over Australia at Davis Cup
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Canada's Denis Shapovalov (R) and Vasek Pospisil celebrate after winning their doubles match against Australia's John Peers and Jordan Thompson at Davis Cup in Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain, on November 21, 2019.

Canada’s tennis revolution continued as it claimed its first Davis Cup victory over Australia to reach the semifinals with 150th-ranked Vasek Pospisil the hero once again.

The 29-year-old recorded his third successive singles win in the revamped Finals at Madrid’s La Caja Magica on Thursady, beating John Millman 7-6(7), 6-4, but Alex De Minaur leveled the tie when he recovered from a set down to beat Denis Shapovalov, Reuters reported.

Pospisil and Shapovalov joined forces in the deciding doubles rubber against Jordan Thompson and John Peers, winning 6-4, 6-4 in front of several hundred delirious Canadian fans.

Pospisil and Shapovalov have played in every rubber so far with captain Frank Dancevic short of options.

“It’s been a pretty surreal week,” he said.

“I’m so proud of these guys. I mean, these two guys playing all week.

“Now that we’re here, we’re going to try to go all the way.”

Australia, which won the last of its 28 Davis Cup crowns in 2003, was surprisingly without Nick Kyrgios, who won both his singles matches in the group-stage wins over Colombia and Belgium, and he was sorely missed.

Kyrgios, who banged down 22 aces against Belgian Steve Darcic on Wednesday, was sidelined with a collarbone injury.

Canada’s tennis fortunes have soared recently and Bianca Andreescu won the US Open women’s title this year.

It is now in only its third Davis Cup semifinal despite arriving in Spain without injured Milos Raonic and with fast-rising teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime in the squad but having played no part so far.

Canada beat the US in the group phase on Tuesday, its first victory over the neighbor in 16 attempts.

Canadians’ record against Australia was almost as bad, losing all 10 of the Davis Cup ties between the two countries.

But the big-serving Pospisil has been a man on a mission since arriving in the Spanish capital and gave his side a superb start as he beat 48th-ranked Millman.

Pospisil was in early trouble and trailed 4-1 but he battled back to force a tiebreak in which he saved two set points before taking the opener.

The second set went with serve until Pospisil found two stunning forehands when Millman served at 4-5 to claim the win.

Shapovalov played superbly in the opening set to overpower fellow 20-year-old De Minaur but he could not sustain his level and the wily Australian, ranked 18th, hit back.

Shapovalov gathered himself, though, and threatened to break in the eighth game of the decider before saving three break points at 4-4 from 0-40.

De Minaur did break at 5-5 and held serve to take the tie into a doubles decider but Canada would not be denied and it was appropriate that Pospisil, the player of the week, sealed the victory with a commanding last service game.

 

 

 

 

   
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