Canada's Pospisil, Shapovalov to face Russia in Davis Cup semifinal
Novak Djokovic and Serbia squander 3 match points in quarter-final loss on Friday
Canada will face Russia in the semifinals of the Davis Cup Finals on Saturday after Russia squeaked by world No. 2 Novak Djokovic and Serbia with a 2-1 victory in their quarter-final on Friday.
The Canadians, led by Denis Shapovalov and Vasek Pospisil, defeated Australia in their quarter-final matchup on Thursday. Russia is seeking its third Davis Cup title, and first since 2006, while Canada has never reached the final.
Britain, who will face Spain. advanced past Germany thanks to Kyle Edmund's 6-3, 7-5 win over Philipp Kohlschreiber and Daniel Evans' 7-6 (6), 3-6, 7-6 (2) victory over Jan-Lennard Struff.
Spain will make its second straight semifinal appearance after Nadal and Marcel Granollers defeated Maximo Gonzalez and Leonardo Mayer 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 in the decisive doubles match in front of a lively and vocal crowd at the Caja Magica centre court.
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Guido Pella had defeated Pablo Carreno Busta 6-7 (3), 7-6 (4), 6-1 in the first singles, but Nadal had kept Spain in contention with an easy 6-1, 6-2 win over Diego Schwartzman for his 27th straight Davis Cup singles victory.
On Friday, Djokovic defeated Karen Khachanov 6-3, 6-3 in the second singles match to even the score at 1-1, then returned to the court about half an hour later to team up with Viktor Troicki in the decisive doubles match. They lost to Khachanov and Andrey Rublev 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (8) after squandering three match points.
Rublev had put Russia ahead with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Filip Krajinovic in the first singles match.
While Canada captain Frank Dancevic hasn't set his matchups yet, Shapovalov, ranked 15th in the ATP rankings, and Pospisil, No. 150, have played all of Canada's matches this week. Pospisil has won all three of his singles, while Shapovalov is 2-1.
In career meetings against their Russian opponents, Shapovalov is 2-1 vs. No. 23 Rublev with both wins coming this year. Pospisil is 1-0 against both Rublev and Kachanov, ranked 17th. Shapovalov has never played played Kachanov.
Russia is without fifth-ranked Daniil Medvedev as he pulled out just days before the Davis Cup got underway.
With files from CBC Sports