Getting to the top of the list gets tricky in terms of ranking the greatest moments of the year, but the continued excellence of Canada’s Davis Cup team squeaked in at No. 3 on the Top 10 highlights list after they reached the quarter-finals of the competition for just the second time in history.
In a re-match of 2014, Canada was up against Japan in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas opening round in March. But this time, it was on home soil as the Canadians elected to go back to Vancouver and the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Arena where the team had experienced tremendous success.
Also different in 2015, Canada had its two stars in Milos Raonic and Vasek Pospisil, who were both out with injury the year before in Tokyo. With Kei Nishikori starring for the Japanese side, it was a match-up between two full-strength teams.
Both Raonic and Nishikori won their opening day rubbers to level the tie at 1-1 on day one. It was then up to Daniel Nestor and Pospisil to get the swing point in doubles. Up against Go Soeda and Yasutaka Uchiyama, the pair had to battle but managed to pull out the huge victory in five sets.
Raonic had the chance to clinch the tie for Canada to start the third day of play, but Nishikori had other plans. In yet another classic five-setter it was Nishikori that came out on top 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 to force a fifth and deciding rubber.
In a position familiar to him from past experiences, it was Pospisil who was called on to try and secure the decisive point for his team and he did so in a decisive manner defeating Soeda in straight sets and sending Canada back to the Davis Cup quarter-finals for just the second time.