Terry jones

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save him for the dou­bles and the rub­ber match of the best-of-five sin­gles should Shapo­valov lose to­day.

“I think it played a big part in the win to­day for two rea­sons,” Pospisil said. “One, I wasn’t ready to play sin­gles on Fri­day. I was pretty beat up.

“The other part of it is I could pre­pare more on dou­bles stuff know­ing it was go­ing to be my first match.

“A lot of times it’s been sin­gles, dou­bles, sin­gles,” he said of be­ing Canada’s main man play­ing all three days. “I think (Satur­day) was one of my bet­ter dou­bles days in all of my Davis Cup ap­pear­ances.

“Not hav­ing that match on Fri­day changed a lot of things. It was a good move in terms of the match to­day,” said the 14-time Davis Cup vet­eran.

Pospisil said he thinks he’s good to go in a fifth rub­ber if needed.

“I’m just go­ing to see how I re­act Sun­day morn­ing to be hon­est with you. I want to play, ob­vi­ously. This is the first time I was able to even spend more than a few hours on the court.

“This was what was sup­posed to hap­pen, though. I was sup­posed to start feel­ing bet­ter this week. Not for Fri­day, which is why I didn’t play.

“The tim­ing is work­ing out per­fect where I will be ready to go Sun­day based on my per­for­mance in dou­bles. Phys­i­cally, I will be ready to go for sure. But it won’t be my de­ci­sion.”

Cap­tain Martin Lau­ren­deau said it’ll be a game-day de­ci­sion.

“Our plan through­out this whole has been to go through one tie at a time, es­pe­cially with Vasek in his sit­u­a­tion. It’s the same now,” he said.

“We’ll see how he feels. But right now, the fo­cus is on De­nis be­cause he’s first up. We’ll see how Vasek is (Sun­day) and talk with our med­i­cal people, and hope­fully, do the right thing. But right now, there’s no call to make. Right now the fo­cus is on De­nis.”

Nestor said he thought it was a toss-up when it came to who should be favoured in dou­bles.

“I thought it was 50-50,” said Nestor, the most suc­cess­ful player in all of Cana­dian Davis Cup his­tory with now 48 wins in­clud­ing his sin­gles ap­pear­ances. “They’re a solid team. They’ve had a lot of suc­cess on the tour, es­pe­cially lately. It was a close match and we were very for­tu­nate to get ahead early and stay ahead.

“I thought I played pretty solid to­day. I didn’t feel like I helped the team the last cou­ple of years as much as be­fore that. Hope­fully, I can play some more matches,” he said of the idea of putting Canada in po­si­tion to win this thing and move on to World Group play in Fe­bru­ary.

Nestor, play­ing in his 51st Davis Cup tie, played his 54th dou­bles game and in­creased his ca­reer record to 33-11 while Pospisil, in his 13th Davis Cup in dou­bles, in now 8-5. @sun­ter­ryjones

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