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.

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