Canada’s top male players took centre stage in the month of March, with homegrown stars making news and history at Davis Cup, Indian Wells, Miami, and the Challenger level courtesy of one of the country’s top juniors. Here’s our review of the month that was in March…
— ATP World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) March 24, 2015
It was an impressive month for Vancouver’s Vasek Pospisil. First, he picked up two wins in Canada’s Davis Cup World Group first round against Japan, including earning the clinching point for Canada for the second time in his Davis Cup career (also the 2011 World Group play-offs versus Israel). He and Jack Sock also made a much-anticipated reunion and went on a nine-match win streak to start their season together, capturing Indian Wells and finishing as runner-up in Miami.
Milos Raonic’s win over Rafael Nadal in the Indian Wells quarter-finals will go down as one of the biggest victories of his career so far and it was a thoroughly exciting moment for Canadian tennis fans to witness. Raonic has proved his dedication to taking the next step and his win over Nadal is further proof he is doing just that. The world No. 6 has also been the portrait of consistency at Masters 1000 events, as Indian Wells marked his eighth quarter-final or better in the past 10 events at that level.
Facing off against the Kei Nishikori-led Japanese squad, it was a thrilling three days of tennis in Vancouver for team Canada and its fans. It all culminated in the fifth and deciding rubber, as Pospisil proved to be too much for Go Soeda to handle, winning 7-5, 6-3, 6-4. Canada will now take on Belgium in July’s quarter-finals.
— Tennis Canada (@Tennis_Canada) March 9, 2015
Starting the month ranked world No. 15 in doubles, Pospisil climbed up to No. 8 following his Indian Wells triumph to make it two Canadians inside the ATP World Tour doubles Top 10 – and four Canadians in the Top 10 on the pro circuits overall (with Milos Raonic and Eugenie Bouchard in singles).
There’s a lot of Canadian sporting greatness in this photo – arguably the best hockey player ever produced by Canada and one of the country’s best-ever tennis players. No. 99 Wayne Gretzky cheered on Milos Raonic at Indian Wells.