Spain faces Canada in Davis Cup fi­nal

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Spain's Rafael Nadal and Feli­ciano Lopez (left) in ac­tion dur­ing their dou­bles match against Bri­tain's Jamie Mur­ray and Neal Skup­ski in the semi­fi­nals of the Davis Cup Fi­nals in Madrid on Sat­ur­day

ways dra­matic, es­pe­cially with the new for­mat," said Nadal.

Ed­mund had ear­lier jus­ti­fied the de­ci­sion of British cap­tain Leon Smith to se­lect him ahead of three-time Grand Slam cham­pion Andy Mur­ray by see­ing off Lopez 6-3, 7-6 (7-3).

But Nadal swat­ted aside Evans 6-4, 6-0 to set up the dou­bles show­down.

Ear­lier on Sat­ur­day, the 20 year old Shapo­valov had drawn Canada level by beat­ing Khachanov af­ter Rublev's win over Pospisil in the open­ing match. The Cana­dian pair then edged out Khachanov and Rublev in a thrilling de­cid­ing-set tie-break. Canada se­cured a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5) vic­tory on its sec­ond match point to fin­ish a tie which lasted six and a half hours.

Ear­lier, Shapo­valov had seen off Khachanov in a dra­matic match. The in-form Rublev had made it four sin­gles wins from as many matches this week by brush­ing aside Pospisil 6-4, 6-4.

Croa­tia to face ei­ther In­dia or Pak­istan

Madrid, Spain - Croa­tia will play ei­ther In­dia or Pak­istan to qual­ify for next year's Davis Cup, af­ter the draw for the qual­i­fi­ca­tion stage was made on Sun­day. The 2018 cham­pion crashed out in the group stage of this week's tour­na­ment in Madrid.

Spain, Canada and the two los­ing semi­fi­nal­ists, Great Bri­tain and Rus­sia, au­to­mat­i­cally qual­ify for the com­pe­ti­tion next year, as well as Ser­bia and France, who have been granted the two wild card slots. It leaves 12 places for the win­ners of the qual­i­fiers, which will be con­tested on the week­end of March 6 and 7.

(AFP)

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