DAVIS CUP TEAMS ANNOUNCED FOR CANADA VS. SERBIA WORLD GROUP SEMIFINAL TIE IN BELGRADE
Toronto, September 3, 2013 – Tennis Canada announced Tuesday the Miele Canadian Davis Cup team nominated to compete in the upcoming Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group semifinal tie between Canada and Serbia.
Frank Dancevic (Niagara Falls, Ontario), Daniel Nestor (Toronto), Vasek Pospisil (Vancouver) and Milos Raonic (Thornhill, Ontario) were named to the squad by captain Martin Laurendeau to compete on an indoor clay court at the Belgrade Arena in Belgrade, Serbia from September 13-15. Jesse Levine (Ottawa), Filip Peliwo (Vancouver) and Adil Shamasdin (Toronto) will also be travelling to Belgrade with the team as part of an extended squad of players.
The Serbian Tennis Federation also announced the team that will play in front of a home crowd of more than 15,000 people against Canada. They selected the No. 1 player in the world Novak Djokovic, No. 21 Janko Tipsarevic, doubles No. 11 Nenad Zimonjic and No. 144 Dusan Lajovic, who is named to the team for just the second time in his young career.
“We are very much looking forward to the challenge that lies ahead of us in Belgrade,” said Laurendeau. “This is a recent Davis Cup winning squad with the No. 1 player in the world on it. The year they won the championship was also the year they won their first World Group tie ever. We are looking to follow in their footsteps but we need to get past them first. We made it here to the final four on the strength of our team and we are bringing the same guys to Belgrade to try and keep this run going. They all have five more months of experience under their belts and are going to take to the courts ready to fight for that spot in the final.”
Dancevic has competed for Canada’s Davis Cup team every year since 2002 except when he was hampered with a back injury in 2008. Dancevic has regularly come through for the team in big moments, including one of his biggest career victories during February’s tie against Spain when he defeated their top singles player Marcel Granollers 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 to give Canada a resounding 2-0 lead after the first day of play. Since the April tie against Italy, which Dancevic was forced to sit out due to injury, he has improved his ranking from No. 240 in the world to his current No. 152. Last week he qualified for the US Open main draw and reached the second round for the first time in his career.
Nestor holds the record for most years played by a Canadian in Davis Cup at 21. He also holds the record for most wins (45), most doubles wins (30), and most ties played (44). He was awarded a Davis Cup Commitment Award from the ITF at the tie in February for his exemplary dedication to playing for his country. Nestor holds 81 ATP World Tour doubles titles, which is fourth on the all-time list, and holds a career Golden Slam (all four Grand Slam trophies and an Olympic Gold medal). He is currently ranked No. 15 on the ATP World Tour doubles rankings and reached the third round at the US Open with Canadian partner Pospisil – their first Grand Slam together as a doubles team.
Pospisil will be playing his ninth tie for Canada in Davis Cup. He and Nestor were integral to the quarter-final victory against Italy, posting a dramatic 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 3-6, 15-13 win in doubles on the second day of action to give Canada the swing point and a 2-1 lead. He was a key contributor to Canada’s return to the World Group in 2011, going 6-1 in the three ties he played and nearly single-handedly winning the World Group play-off versus Israel. Pospisil has had a breakout summer, reaching the semifinals at the Rogers Cup Masters 1000 in Montreal and catapulting into the Top 40 on the ATP World Tour rankings.
The highest-ranked male singles player in Canadian tennis history, Raonic cracked the Top 10 for the first time this summer after reaching his first Masters 1000 final at Rogers Cup in Montreal. Currently sitting at No. 11, Raonic matched his career-best Grand Slam performance, reaching the fourth round at the US Open before falling in a tight five-set match to Richard Gasquet. Raonic is on a 7-0 Davis Cup singles win streak dating back to the World Group first-round tie against France last year. He has won all four of his Davis Cup singles matches this year and has provided Canada with the tie-clinching point in the past three match-ups against South Africa, Spain and Italy.
Canada has never competed in a World Group semifinal as the victory against Spain in the first round was the country’s first ever World Group win. Serbia won their first World Group tie in 2010, the same year they went on to be crowned Davis Cup champions. Serbia is currently ranked No. 3 on the ITF Davis Cup Nations Ranking while Canada sits at an all-time high of No. 7. This will be the first match-up between the two countries.
The winner of this tie will move on to the final in November versus the winner of a tie between Argentina and Czech Republic.
Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is the largest annual international team competition in sport with 130 nations competing. Only 16 countries entered in Davis Cup competition qualify for the World Group each year.
The matches will be broadcast by Sportsnet and TVA Sports. Please check local listings for the full schedule.
Davis Cup by BNP Paribas match schedule for Canada vs. Serbia
(local Belgrade time)
Friday, September 13, 2013 4 p.m. Singles
Saturday, September 14, 2013 4 p.m. Doubles
Sunday, September 15, 2013 2 p.m. Reverse Singles