Davis Cup: Canada eliminated

Brayden Schnur and Vasek Pospisil fought well, but were unable to avoid Canada’s elimination at the Davis Cup on Sunday in Madrid against Kazakhstan.

In its second duel of the preliminary round of the final phase, Canada dropped the flag 3 to 0. Without their two best players in Félix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov, the representatives of the maple leaf had suffered a first defeat Thursday, in front of Sweden.

The Canadians were therefore unable to repeat their feat of 2019, when they reached the final before losing to Spain.

Resilient schnur

It was Schnur who had the mission to initiate hostilities on Sunday. The 234th racket in the world was opposed to the 183rd in Mikhail Kukushkin. The Canadian lost 3-6, 6-7 (5) and 7-5, not without delaying the point of victory as much as possible.

Kukushkin had five match points, including three before the tiebreaker in the second set, before being able to end the clash.

Both players were on equal service at the end of the third set and Schnur led 40-30 to force a second tiebreaker. However, he lost the next three exchanges to admit defeat.

Bublik too loud

Moments later, Vasek Pospisil inherited a huge command as he was pitted against the 36th player in the ATP table in Alexander Bublik. Himself 133rd, Pospisil was beaten 6-2 and 7-6 (6).

Much like Schnur had done before him, Pospisil faltered at the wrong time. He led 6-4 in the tiebreaker with two innings, but lost the next four rallies to allow Bublik to close the debate.

Schnur was back on the pitch afterwards for the doubles match with Peter Polansky. The pair of Andrey Golubev and Aleksandr Nedovyesov had the upper hand in straight sets of 6-4, 6-7 (6) and 6-1 in a game that was meaningless.


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