Canada Davis Cup team

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Canada
Flag of Canada.svg
Captain Martin Laurendeau
ITF ranking 9 Steady (as of November 24, 2014)
Colors Red & White
First year 1913
Years played 85
Ties played (W–L) 146 (62–84)
Years in
World Group
6 (2–6)
Best finish SF (1913, 2013)
Most total wins Daniel Nestor (46–24)
Most singles wins Sébastien Lareau (17–16)
Most doubles wins Daniel Nestor (31–9)
Best doubles team Frédéric Niemeyer &
Daniel Nestor (12–1)
Most ties played Daniel Nestor (47)
Most years played Daniel Nestor (22)

The Canada Davis Cup team represents Canada in Davis Cup tennis competition and is governed by Tennis Canada.

The team's best result ever came in its first appearance in 1913 when it reached the World Group final, losing to the United States 0–3.[1] Canada's best result in the Open Era was in 2013 when they reached the World Group semifinals, but were defeated 2–3 by Serbia.[2]

History of Team Canada in Davis Cup[edit]

Canada competed in its first Davis Cup in 1913. The team won its first tie, played in June at the Queen's Club, London over South Africa by a score of 4–1.[3] The team consisted of just two players, Robert Powell and Bernard Schwengers. Canada then in July easily defeated Belgium in the semi-finals 4–0.[4] In the playoff final however, played a week later, they lost all three matches to the Americans in straight sets.[1] (The Americans went on to defeat Great Britain in the challenge round, to win the competition.)

Canada did not play a World Group tie from 1921 until 1991, when the team of Grant Connell, Glenn Michibata, Andrew Sznajder, and Martin Wostenholme, with team captain Pierre Lamarche, lost 1–4 away to Spain.[5] The following year, again in the World Group first round, Canada came closer to advancing, going down 2–3 at home to Sweden despite taking a first-day 2–0 lead. The tie was highlighted by a surprise singles win of rookie Daniel Nestor over superstar and then world number one ranked Stefan Edberg. Nestor could not repeat the magic, however, losing in the deciding rubber match in 5 sets to Magnus Gustafsson.[6]

In 2004, Canada fell to the Netherlands 1–4 in the World Group first round. Team members then were Simon Larose, Frank Dancevic, Frédéric Niemeyer, and Daniel Nestor as a star doubles specialist.[7]

In 2011, Canada defeated the Israel Davis Cup team 3–2 at the Canada Stadium in Ramat Hasharon, Israel, on September 16–18 to qualify for the 2012 Davis Cup World Group. Canada's team consisted of Milos Raonic (# 31 in September 2011), Vasek Pospisil (#124 in September 2011), Daniel Nestor, Philip Bester and Peter Polansky. The teams split the first two matches in two upsets, as Pospisil defeated Dudi Sela 7–6(7–4), 6–7(6–8), 6–1, 6–7(2–7), 6–3, and Amir Weintraub beat Raonic 5–7, 7–5, 6–3, 6–1. Nestor and Pospisil defeated Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram 4–6, 6–3, 6–4, 6–4 in the doubles match. On the final day, Sela defeated Polansky 6–3, 6–3, 6–3 in the fourth match while Pospisil defeated Weintraub 6–2, 7–6(7–3), 6–4 in the final match.[8]

In 2012, Canada played against France in the first round of the World Group, but lost 1–4. Pospisil lost the first match 1–6, 3–6, 3–6 to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Raonic won the next one against Julien Benneteau 6–2, 6–4, 7–5 to end day one at 1–1. Canada then lost the three next matches (the doubles 6–7(1–7), 6–7(2–7), 3–6 and the last match 4–6, 4–6) as Raonic had to withdraw for his second singles match against Tsonga following an injury on his left knee. He was replaced by Dancevic who lost 4–6, 4–6, 1–6.[9] Canada secured its spot in the World Group in 2013, and for the second straight year, with a 4–1 victory over South Africa in the playoffs in September. Canada had only played two straight years in the World Group one other time in its history before that, in 1991–92.

In 2013, Canada upset the number one ranked tennis nation Spain 3–2 in the first round of the World Group, the first win ever for Canada at that stage in the Open Era. Raonic won the first match 6–7(5–7), 6–4, 6–4, 6–4 over Albert Ramos and Dancevic defeated then World No. 34 Marcel Granollers 6–1, 6–2, 6–2 to give Canada a 2–0 lead after the first day. Canada's doubles team of Nestor and Pospisil lost 6–4, 4–6, 7–6(7–4), 3–6, 2–6 to Marc López and Granollers, but Raonic secured the win for Canada in the final day with a 6–3, 6–4, 6–2 victory over Guillermo García-López. Dancevic lost the last match 5–7, 4–6 to Ramos.[10] Canada then defeated in April Italy 3–1 in the quarterfinals to reach the second semifinal of its history, the first in the Open Era. Italy's Andreas Seppi won the first match 5–7, 4–6, 6–4, 6–3, 6–3 over Pospisil, but Raonic answered back with a 6–4, 7–6(7–4), 7–5 victory over Fabio Fognini. The Canadian doubles team of Nestor and Pospisil took the crucial doubles match in a marathon of almost four hours and a half, 6–3, 6–4, 3–6, 3–6, 15–13 over Daniele Bracciali and Fognini. Raonic gave Canada the win after defeating Seppi 6–4, 6–4, 3–6, 7–5 in the final day.[11] Canada was eliminated 2–3 by Serbia in the semifinals in September. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic won the first match 6–2, 6–0, 6–4 over Pospisil and Raonic took the second 5–7, 6–3, 3–6, 6–3, 10–8 over Janko Tipsarević to end day one at 1–1. Canada had a 2–1 lead after the second day when the doubles team of Nestor and Pospisil defeated Nenad Zimonjić and Ilija Bozoljac 6–7(6–8), 6–4, 3–6, 7–6(7–5), 10–8. Raonic and Pospisil both lost their matches the final day, respectively 6–7(1–7), 2–6, 2–6 to Djokovic and 6–7(3–7), 2–6, 6–7(6–8) to Tipsarević. Canada will stay in the World Group in 2014 for a third straight year, a record.[12]

In 2014, a very diminished Canadian team lost in the World Group first round to Japan 1–4 as both Raonic and Pospisil were injured and not able to play.[13] Canada then had to play a playoff in September against Colombia to stay in the World Group next year. They won the tie 3–2 meaning that Canada will play in the World Group for the fourth straight year.[14]

Canada will play their 2015 World Group first round at home against Japan for a second straight year.[15]

Current squad[edit]

Rankings as of September 8, 2014

Squad representing Canada vs. Colombia (2014 World Group Play-offs)[16]
Name Born First Last Ties Win/Loss Ranks
Year Tie Sin Dou Tot Sin Dou
Dancevic, FrankFrank Dancevic (1984-09-26)September 26, 1984 2002 2014  Colombia 21 13–17 3–1 16–18 147 645
Nestor, DanielDaniel Nestor (1972-09-04)September 4, 1972 1992 2014  Colombia 47 15–15 31–9 46–24 3
Pospisil, VasekVasek Pospisil (1990-06-23)June 23, 1990 2008 2014  Colombia 10 5–7 5–3 10–10 43 19
Raonic, MilosMilos Raonic (1990-12-27)December 27, 1990 2010 2014  Colombia 10 13–4 2–1 15–5 7 565

Recent performances[edit]

Here is the list of all match-ups since 1981, when the competition started being held in the current World Group format.

1980s[edit]

1990s[edit]

2000s[edit]

2010s[edit]

Year Competition Date Location Opponent Score Result
2010 Americas Zone Group I, 2nd Round 5–7 Mar Bogotá (COL)  Colombia 1–4 Loss
Americas Zone, Relegation Play-offs 17–19 Sep Toronto (CAN)  Dominican Republic 5–0 Win
2011 Americas Zone Group I, 1st Round 4–6 Mar Metepec (MEX)  Mexico 4–1 Win
Americas Zone Group I, 2nd Round 8–10 Jul Guayaquil (ECU)  Ecuador 3–2 Win
World Group, Relegation Play-offs 16–18 Sep Ramat HaSharon (ISR)  Israel 3–2 Win
2012 World Group, 1st Round 10–12 Feb Vancouver (CAN)  France 1–4 Loss
World Group, Relegation Play-offs 14–16 Sep Montreal (CAN)  South Africa 4–1 Win
2013 World Group, 1st Round 1–3 Feb Vancouver (CAN)  Spain 3–2 Win
World Group, Quarterfinals 5–7 Apr Vancouver (CAN)  Italy 3–1 Win
World Group, Semifinals 13–15 Sep Belgrade (SRB)  Serbia 2–3 Loss
2014 World Group, 1st Round 31 Jan – 2 Feb Tokyo (JPN)  Japan 1–4 Loss
World Group, Relegation Play-offs 12–14 Sep Halifax (CAN)  Colombia 3–2 Win
2015 World Group, 1st Round 6–8 Mar TBA (CAN)  Japan TBD Pending

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Tie details - Canada vs. United States". DavisCup.com. Retrieved February 4, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Tie details - Canada vs. Serbia". DavisCup.com. Retrieved September 3, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Tie details - Canada vs. South Africa". DavisCup.com. Retrieved February 4, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Tie details - Canada vs. Belgium". DavisCup.com. Retrieved February 4, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Tie details - Canada vs. Spain". DavisCup.com. Retrieved February 4, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Canada eyes upset over Spain in Davis Cup tie". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved February 4, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Tie details - Canada vs. Netherlands". DavisCup.com. Retrieved February 4, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Pospisil carries Canada to Davis Cup playoff victory against Israel". The Star. Retrieved February 5, 2013. 
  9. ^ "France crushes Canada's Davis Cup dream". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved February 4, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Canada completes Davis Cup upset of top-ranked Spain". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved February 4, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Milos Raonic sends Canada to historic Davis Cup semifinals". CBC Sports. Retrieved April 7, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Canada’s Cinderella Davis Cup run comes to an end with Pospisil loss". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved September 15, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Japan beats injury-plagued Canada 4-1 at Davis Cup, advances to quarterfinal". TheRecord.com. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Milos Raonic, Canada clinch Davis Cup tie in Halifax". CBC Sports. Retrieved September 15, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Canada to face Japan in Davis Cup first round". The Star. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Tie details - Canada vs. Colombia". DavisCup.com. Retrieved September 2, 2014. 

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