Canada loses pair of Davis Cup singles matches
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.