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LIVE BLOG: Canada vs. India Davis Cup World Group Play-Offs

Sep 15, 2017
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It’s Canada vs. India for a spot in Davis Cup World Group next year. Brayden Schnur will compete in his first Davis Cup tie while Denis Shapovalov, Vasek Pospisil and Daniel Nestor all return to the Canadian bench this weekend.

Stay tuned right here on this page for live set-by-set updates from all five rubbers this weekend in Edmonton.


Update: Tie has ended. Canada advances to the 2018 World Group with a 3-2 victory over India. 

Previous Rubbers

September 15 – Day 1

Rubber 1: Brayden Schnur vs. Ramkumar Ramanathan

Set 1: Brayden Schnur wins the first set 7-5 in 42 minutes.

  • Toronto’s Brayden Schnur is making his Davis Cup debut against world no. 154 and India’s No. 1 Ramkumar Ramanathan.
  • Schnur did not face a break point on serve and went 1/3 on his own break opportunities.

Set 2: Ramkumar Ramanathan takes the second set 7-6(4) over Schnur.

  • Schnur’s first double fault of the match came in the tiebreak, putting him down a mini break.

Set 3: Ramanathan takes the third set 7-5, India leads 2 sets to 1.

  • Schnur 10 winners, 12 unforced errors (0/6 on break points); Ramanathan 8 winners, 5 unforced errors.
  • Ramanathan saved five set points before claiming the set.

Set 4: Ramanathan wins the fourth set 7-5, gives India the victory.

  • Ramanathan got an early break lead for 2-1. Schnur came back in the following game to level the set at 2-2.
  • Ramanathan got his second break of the set for a 5-4 lead. He would serve for the match but Schnur broke back for 5-5.
  • Ramanathan would serve for the match again, up 6-5, and take the fourth set 7-5.

India leads Canada 1-0. Read more here.


Rubber 2: Denis Shapovalov vs. Yuki Bhambri

Set 1: Denis Shapovalov wins the first set 7-6(2) in 56 minutes.

  • Shapovalov is the youngest No. 1 in a World Group tie since Kei Nishikori in 2008 (Nishikori 18 years, 104 days; Shapovalov is 18 years, 144 days).
  • Shapovalov = 13 winners; Bhambri = 2 winners.

Set 2: Shapovalov takes the second set 6-4.

  • Shapovalov hit 8 aces, 0 double faults in the match.

Set 3: Yuki Bhambri wins the third set 7-6(6).

  • Shapovalov and Bhambri trade breaks in the first two games.
  • Players traded breaks again at 3-3 and 4-3.
  • Both players traded mini breaks in the tiebreak.
  • Shapovalov held a match point at 6-5. Bhambri saved it with an unreturnable serve. He would win both of his service points and take another mini break over Shapovalov to win the set.

Set 4: Bhambri takes the fourth set 6-4.

  • Shapovalov falls behind a break at 2-1.
  • Shapovalov saved two set points, down 5-4, 40-15.
  • Bhambri = 32 points won; Shapovalov = 30 points won.

Set 5: Shapovalov wins the match 6-1 in the fifth.

  • Bhambri has played one 5-setter in his career, which was a win from two sets to love down.
  • This is Shapovalov’s first ever 5-set match.
  • Shapovalov breaks Bhambri for a 3-1 lead.
  • Shapovalov broke again for a 5-1 lead.

Canada and India are tied 1-1 after Day 1. Read more here.


September 16 – Day 2

Doubles: Daniel Nestor/Vasek Pospisil vs. Rohan Bopanna/Purav Raja

Set 1: Nestor/Pospisil win the opening set 7-5.

  • The Canadians go 1/3 on break opportunities, do not face a break point on their serve.
  • Winning 82% of first service points.
  • Team India: 5 double faults, 6/15 on second service points.

Set 2: Nestor/Pospisil win the second set 7-5.

  • Canadians are broken to begin the set. Team India gets broken back after Raja reached over the net to put away a volley.
  • Both teams traded breaks in the third and fourth games.

Set 3: Bopanna/Raja win the third set 7-5.

  • Pair trade breaks in the seventh and eighth games.
  • Nestor/Pospisil earn first match point at 5-4, 30-40. Unable to convert.
  • India breaks Canada for a 6-5 lead.

Set 4: Nestor/Pospisil win the match 6-3 in the fourth.

  • Team Canada break for a 3-1 lead.
  • Pospisil serves out the win 6-3.
  • Nestor plays his 51st tie for Canada in Davis Cup.

Canada leads India 2-1. Read more here


September 17 – Day 3

Rubber 4: Denis Shapovalov vs. Ramkumar Ramanathan

Set 1: Denis Shapovalov wins the opening set 6-3.

  • Shapovalov won 10 straight points to begin the match.

Set 2: Shapovalov wins the set 7-6(1).

  • Ramanathan earns the only break points of the set. Earns a 6-5, 0-40 lead but unable to capitalize. Gets another set point at deuce but Shapovalov saves it with an ace.
  • Shapovalov saves 4 set points.
  • Shapovalov wins the tiebreak 7-1 to take a 2 sets to 0 lead.

Set 3: Shapovalov wins the set 6-3.

  • Shapovalov breaks for a 4-2 lead.
  • Shapovalov serves out the win 6-3 in the third.
  • Canada advances to the 2018 World Group in Davis Cup.
  • Shapovalov becomes the first player since Philip Bester in 2011 to close a tie for Canada in Davis Cup.

Canada defeats India 3-1 in the World Group Play-off.


Rubber 5: Brayden Schnur vs. Yuki Bhambri

*Dead rubber; Best-of-3 format. 

Set 1: Yuki Bhambri takes the first set 6-4.

Set 2: Brayden Schnur wins the second set 6-4.

Set 3: Bhambri takes the match 6-4 in the third set.

Canada defeats India 3-2.


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