Canada loses pair of Davis Cup sin­gles matches

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS -

The ab­sence of in­jured stars Mi­los Raonic and Vasek Pospisil is prov­ing costly for Canada in its Davis Cup quar­ter-fi­nal tie.

The Cana­di­ans are down 2-0 to Bel­gium in the best-of-five se­ries af­ter los­ing Fri­day’s open­ing sin­gles matches.

“The guys gave it all they had to­day,” said Canada’s cap­tain Martin Lau­ren­deau. “It’s a tough team, it’s a tough sur­face and it’s tough con­di­tions. But we didn’t come here just to put forth a good ef­fort and go home. We re­ally came here to win.”

Van­cou­ver’s Filip Peliwo fell in straight sets to David Gof­fin while Bel­gium’s Steve Dar­cis beat Frank Dance­vic of Ni­a­gara Falls, Ont., 3-6, 6-1, 7-5, 6-3.

Gof­fin, ranked No. 14, was rarely trou­bled against Peliwo and won 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.

No. 7 Canada needs to win all three re­main­ing matches against Bel­gium to reach the World Group semi­fi­nals. The win­ner will face ei­ther Ser­bia or Ar­gentina.

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