Canada eyes keeping Davis Cup World Group spot

Canadian Challenge awaits India in the Davis Cup World Group Playoff

If form can be faithful

"It's my first five-set match, for sure the longest I have been on the court", Shapovalov said.

"It's been a insane month for me", the 18-year-old said.

In Davis Cup Tennis World Group Play Offs being played at Edmonton in Canada, India and Canada are level with one victory each at the end of day one.

Brayden Schnur of Pickering, Ont., in his first year on tour as a pro, had risen from No. 433 to No. 202 in the world rankings so far this year, had never played in a Davis Cup game before.

Bhambri, Ramanathan have had an outstanding run in singles but can they sustain it against Shapovalov & Co?

However, the recent Davis Cup record for the World No. 82 Canadian at home has been impressive.

Schnur won the first set before dropping the next three.

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But three hours and 16 seconds after it began, he'd lost in four sets 5-7, 7-6, 7-5 and 7-5 to India No. 1 Ramkumar Ramanathan.

While Shapovalov was playing to draw Canada even in his opening match, a win on Sunday would clinch victory for his country, a turnaround he himself started with a victory against Yuki Bhambri on Friday.

So the correct phrasing would be that neither of them had won a "live match" at the Davis Cup before. He then secured the match's first break in the seventh game of the second set to take 2-0 lead.

The best-of-five tie marks the first ever meeting between Canada and India. A previous version implied that Shapovalov beat Nadal at the U.S. Open.

The Sports Ministry has left out veteran Leander Paes and Saketh Myneni from the initial list of tennis players, who have been chosen for monthly allowance for their preparations for the next year's big-ticket events and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. "That was the most fun I've had in tennis with that crowd", he said. Shapovalov, World No. 51, was cruising after taking a 2-0 lead but Bhambri capitalised on a dip in 18-year-old rival's serving form, coming back twice to push the third set into a tiebreaker.

Shapovalov eventually won the second set 6-4, putting Canada in a good position to level the tie.

The kid absolutely dominated the final set of what turned out to be a 6-1 win in a three hour 52 minute match. You might assume that Canadians Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil would be favoured based on their historic doubles success, but in fact Nestor has lost his last five matches and Pospisil is nursing a bad back here.

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