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Davis Cup – The End of a Great Year for Canada

Janko Tipsarevic was already on the ground from a specatular contest of dives, which ended up in his clinching the tie, 3-2, for Serbia, putting an end to Canada's dream Davis Cup year (Photo: Srdjan Stevanovic)

Janko Tipsarevic was already on the ground from a specatular contest of dives, which ended up in his clinching the tie, 3-2, for Serbia, putting an end to Canada’s dream Davis Cup year
(Photo: Srdjan Stevanovic)

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Canada’s dream Davis Cup run ended in a dramatic fifth rubber, on an absolutely spectacular point that might have terrible consequences for one of the protagonists. It was a diving contest between Vasek Pospisil and Janko Tipsarevic, on the latter’s fifth match point, ending up a 7-6(3), 6-2, 7-6(6) win for Tipsarevic and a 3-2 win for Serbia, who thus joined the Czech Republic in November’s final.

Let's hope the ankle injury isn't too serious for Vasek Pospisil (Photo: Kyle Clapham/Tennis Canada)

Let’s hope the ankle injury isn’t too serious for Vasek Pospisil
(Photo: Kyle Clapham/Tennis Canada)

The terrible consequences can be for Pospisil, who rolled his ankle in that dive and thought he heard his ankle pop a few times. According to Tom Tebbutt, on location in Belgrade, the 23-year-old is having an MRI taken tonight to evaluate the gravity of the injury.

It would be particularly terrible for Pospisil if the injury were to be serious, as he was having the best season of his career, after having started it with mononucleosis. Currently ranked 41 in the world, entering the top 30 before the end of the year was a possibility for him. Let’s hope it is nothing too serious.

Nevertheless, it was a great fight from Pospisil, particularly in the third set, when he broke Tipsarevic as he was serving for the match, then saved four match points in the tiebreak before the play that made the Serbian clinch the tie for his country.

Fighting until the end

“Fight” is the word that will come to mind to describe the Canadian team this season. From Frank Dancevic’s heroics against Spain to this fantastic 15-13 fifth-set doubles win against Italy, Canada has shown that they deserve their place in the World Group, and they had a great battle against Serbia this weekend to prove it even more.

There was absolutely nothing Raonic could do after that first-set tiebreak against Djokovic (Photo: Srdjan Stevanovic)

There was absolutely nothing Raonic could do after that first-set tiebreak against Djokovic
(Photo: Srdjan Stevanovic)

It was expected that Novak Djokovic would win his two rubbers without too many problems, which is exactly what he did, crushing Vasek Pospisil on Friday, then forcing the fifth rubber, today, against Milos Raonic, in a 7-6(3), 6-2, 6-2 triumph.

Some would say that Raonic was impeded by the ankle injury he suffered against Janko Tipsarevic on Friday. However, my views in this matter don’t change: he took the court, then he was fit to play.

Raonic, nonetheless, tried his best but across from him was the World n°1 who, after that tight first set, started playing… like the World n°1. He still fought valiantly on Friday, even saving a match point, to level the tie against Tipsarevic.

Canadian captain Martin Laurendeau was, with reason, proud of his boys (Photo: Srdjan Stevanovic)

Canadian captain Martin Laurendeau was, with reason, proud of his boys
(Photo: Srdjan Stevanovic)

Fight there has been in the doubles rubber, when Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil came back from a 1-2 deficit to put Canada up 2-1 in the tie on Saturday.

It was a great run for Canada, despite losing today. In the end, they were among the last four countries standing and that is worth a lot.

“I’m very proud of the boys”, said captain Martin Laurendeau after the match, fighting back tears of emotion after this amazing year.

And Canada is very proud of the team, too!

Congratulations on making the semifinals for the first time (since 1913), and we’ll encourage you again next year!

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