The remarkable rise of Canadian tennis lasted as Vasek Pospisil and Denis Shapovalov combined to defeat Australia and eventually become the very initial semi-finalists of this Davis Cup.
Canada have been playing as a two-man team because of injury but Pospisil in particular has been inspired and he defeated John Millman 7-6 (9-7) 6-4 in the opening singles rubber.
Mystery surrounded the lack matches but was encouraging this moment.
Captain Lleyton Hewitt afterwards explained:He has injured . We did not actually have a selection. He couldnt play. So Johnny needed to step up to the plate. He needed a collarbone injury
Alex De Minaur maintained Australia in contention from the struggle of the firearms before a crowd with a 3-6 victory over Shapovalov.
But the Australians were not able to finish the comeback, even with Pospisil, whos ranked a lowly 150 and Shapovalov defeating John Peers and Jordan Thompson 6-4 6-4 to set up a battle with Serbia or Russia on Saturday.
Serbia eased following victory over Japan up with a 2-1 victory against France that removed the seeds.
This is definitely the most perfect scenario for us, said Novak Djokovic. Winning both ties after singles and not being pressured from the doubles.
So were coming to the quarters now and playing against Russia tomorrow. Thats definitely among the best quality teams here. It is definitely going to be a big challenge.
Russia were one of both best-placed.
Spain will be without their number two singles player, Roberto Bautista Agut, that abandoned the contest following his father was taken seriously sick to go. The federation afterwards declared that Bautista Aguts father had sadly died.
Last year, the 31-year-old, that lost his mother suddenly, had been expected to get married next weekend.
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