Davis Cup 2017 preview: Shapovalov in another key moment for Canada

Annette Crawford
September 17, 2017

"Boys played with a lot of heart the plan was to fight regardless of the score and Ram swung a losing battle and Yuki nearly did too", said India captain Mahesh Bhupathi. The 18-year-old has also beaten the likes of Juan Martin del Potro and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga recently.

Ramkumar Ramanathan fought tooth and nail to clinch a 5-7, 7-6 (4), 7-5, 7-5 win over Brayden Schnur and put the Indians up 1-0.

Yuki stretched teenage sensation Shapovalov right to the limit, in a tie that just fell short of four hours.

Schnur won the first set before dropping the next three. India's Yuki Bhambri lost to world number 51 Denis Shapovalov in the second single match.

It was a bit of vindication for Shapovalov, who in some ways caused the necessity of the tie with India when he slapped a loose ball in frustration and broke an orbital bone of chair umpire Arnaud Gabas during the deciding match of the series against Great Britain in February in Ottawa, getting banished as Canada lost 3-2.

Tackling Vasek Pospisil, the other singles player named by Canada, should not be a big problem for Yuki and Ramkumar.


Here's all you need to know about watching India's Davis Cup matches live. He then secured the match's first break in the seventh game of the second set to take 2-0 lead. He might be higherranked than both the Indians at number 82 but he is coming into the tie after five straight loses on the ATP Tour, the last being in the first round of the US Open. "We only had best-of-threes in college". Bhupathi said the draw has come out exactly they wanted. "That was the most fun I've had in tennis with that crowd", he said.

The Sports Ministry has left out veteran Leander Paes and Saketh Myneni from the initial list of tennis players, who have been chosen for monthly allowance for their preparations for the next year's big-ticket events and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Shapovalov eventually won the second set 6-4, putting Canada in a good position to level the tie.

He won the third set 7-6 (8-6) as Shapovalov started to come unraveled.

Shapovalov had a 4-3 lead in the third set, and a match point at 6-5 of the tie-breaker. Drafted into the side in the last minute, Raja dropped serve five times in the match, twice while serving under pressure at 5-6 in the first two sets. The teenager had made it to the fourth round at the US Open.

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