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March in Review: Big month for Canadian men

Apr 05, 2015
written by: Tennis Canada

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…

HIGHLIGHTS IN BRIEF:

  • Canada defeated Japan 3-2 in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group first round, held at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre in Vancouver. Milos Raonic, Vasek Pospisil, and Daniel Nestor all contributed to the victory, with Pospisil winning the fifth and deciding rubber against Go Soeda in front of his hometown fans. With the triumph, Canada advanced into the World Group quarter-finals for the second time in its history.
  • Fourteen-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime, a member of Tennis Canada’s National Training Centre in Montreal, made waves when he qualified for the $50,000 Drummondville Challenger in Quebec. He became the youngest player to ever make an ATP Challenger event and the first player born in the 2000s to be ranked on the ATP World Tour.
  • Milos Raonic captured one of the biggest wins of his career in the Indian Wells quarter-finals, eliminating world No. 3 Rafael Nadal. It was his second win over a member of the Big 3 (Nadal, Roger Federer, and Novak Djokovic) and advanced him into his fifth career Masters 1000 semifinal.
  • In their first tournament of the year together, Vasek Pospisil and American Jack Sock clinched the Indian Wells crown, defeating world No. 1s Bob and Mike Bryan in the quarter-finals. It was their third title together and first at the Masters 1000 level.
  • Pospisil then earned a big singles win by defeating 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro in an intriguing first-round Miami duel. His success in doubles continued as well, as the duo known as Pospisock made their second straight final before falling at the hands of the Bryans in the Miami championship match.

PLAYER OF THE MONTH: Vasek Pospisil

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.

HONOURABLE MENTION: Milos Raonic

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.

FAVOURITE MOMENT: Davis Cup

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.

MOVER OF THE MONTH: Vasek Pospisil

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).

ATP Doubles Top 10

PHOTO OF THE MONTH: Milos and The Great One

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.