A disqualification against Canada ended the Davis Cup World Group first round tie 3-2 in Great Britain’s favour on Sunday in Ottawa.
In a contest of two young players, the more experienced Kyle Edmund was leading Canada’s Denis Shapovalov by two sets 6-3, 6-4, 2-1, when the Canadian struck a ball out of frustration in error, hitting the chair umpire after play, right as he lost a break point. That caused Shapovalov to default the match and tie for Canada.
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@johangreg Hi Greg. It's a disqualification. Unfortunate, but Shapovalov will no doubt learn from it.
— Tennis Canada (@TennisCanada) February 5, 2017
With the teams tied 2-2 after Vasek Pospisil’s stirring defeat of Daniel Evans in the World Group first round tie, 22-year-old Edmund – ranked 47th in the world – had the upper hand on his 17-year-old Canadian opponent.
The Canadian youngster Shapovalov is 234th in ATP rankings, making his way to the professional circuit after a successful junior career that includes a title at Wimbledon.
Edmund won the first set after breaking Shapovalov at 4-3 and serving out for the early lead against his teenaged counterpart. The Canadian thwarted a couple of set points, but Edmund’s booming serves and forehand on the fast surface eventually landed him the opening set.
— Greg Daubney (@greg_daubney) February 5, 2017
Shapovalov was broken again in the business end during the second set. Despite a strong effort holding in his first four service games, Edmund’s focus (only four unforced errors in the set), combined with powerful serves clocking upward of 216 km/h was too much for the Canadian.
In the third set Edmund won another break point to go up 2-1. That’s when the incident involving the chair umpire occurred.
Canada won two of the five matches delivered by Pospisil in singles. The Brits won the doubles match and recorded singles triumphs by Evans, then Edmund in the finale.
Britain moves on to the quarterfinals of Davis Cup, while Canada will have to play in September in the World Group playoffs to remain in the top tier of international tennis.