Canada picks up doubles win in Davis Cup tie
Rising star Denis Shapovalov will have a chance to send Canada through to the World Group for 2018 after a huge doubles win put Canada up 2-1 in its bestof-five Davis Cup tie against India.
Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil came away with a clutch 7-5, 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 victory over Rohan Bopanna and Purav Raja of India in doubles play on Saturday to put Canada in the driver’s seat heading into a pair of singles matches wrapping up play on Sunday.
Canadian Davis Cup team captain Martin Laurendeau said he expects Shapovalov to be ready and raring to go.
“We have one more point to win and the focus is on Denis right now because he is first up,” Laurendeau said. “He’s in a good place after doing his job as the No. 1 and getting a win (on Friday).
“This win today was huge and it gives him the opportunity to not have the burden to have to win that match and hopefully that frees him up a little bit and he can play his game the best he can.”
Shapovalov, ranked 51st in singles, is coming off a dramatic five-set victory on Friday night over Yuki Bhambri (157th) and will now face Ramkumar Ramanathan (154th), who defeated Canada’s Brayden Schnur (202nd) 3-1 to open the tournament.
Nestor, who played his 51st Davis Cup match and came in with a 32-11 doubles record, is 43rd amongst doubles players in the current global rankings, with Pospisil sitting in 111th. Bopanna came in at 19th and Purav Raja in 56th.