Canadian Davis Cup team has defeated Spain
It was just downright fantastic to witness the Canadian Davis Cup team beat Spain today. Milos Raonic sealed the deal with a convincing victory over Garcia-Lopez. Below are a few shots from todays games.
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Here is part of the press release from Tennis Canada:
The Miele Canadian Davis Cup team has defeated Spain 3-2 following the third and final day of play in their Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group first-round tie taking place at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. With Canada entering the day up 2-1 following a singles sweep of day one and a doubles loss on day two, Milos Raonic (Thornhill, Ont.) clinched victory for the team with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 triumph over Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in the fourth rubber. The win gives Canada a spot in the World Group quarter-finals for the first time in its history.
Raonic started strongly, opening the match with a service game at love. Garcia-Lopez, who was substituted into the contest by Spanish captain Alex Corretja over the originally-scheduled Marcel Granollers one hour prior to the first ball, was able to put pressure on the world No. 15’s big serve though. The world No. 82 earned the first break point of the contest at the 2-2 mark, but Raonic was able to save it and capitalized by breaking Garcia-Lopez in the very next game. From that point on, the 22-year-old Canadian was the stronger player. He opened both the second and third sets with service breaks, and added an additional break in the third, which carried him through till the end in just under two hours.
“It’s amazing to do everything we’ve done,” Raonic said. “I’ve been a minor part of it for the past few years consistently and to be able to get the win and have this conversation for the first time, it’s pretty amazing. I’m very proud with how I managed everything and how we pulled through.”
“It takes a lot of courage, resilience and determination to get through what we got through this weekend,” he said. “I went about what I had to do and I’m very proud of that. And I think what Frank [Dancevic] did, he went far beyond his call, and to do what he did on that first day was pretty amazing.”
With Raonic’s victory, Canada advances into the World Group quarter-finals for the first time ever.