Davis Cup Teams announced for Canada vs. Spain World Group tie
January 22, 2013 · Print This Article
Toronto, January 22, 2013 – Tennis Canada announced Tuesday the Miele Canadian Davis Cup team nominated to compete in the upcoming Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group first-round tie between Canada and Spain.
Frank Dancevic (Niagara Falls, Ontario), Daniel Nestor (Toronto), Vasek Pospisil (Vancouver) and Milos Raonic (Thornhill, Ontario) were named to the squad by captain Martin Laurendeau to compete on indoor hard court at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre in Vancouver from February 1-3, 2013. Jesse Levine (Ottawa), Filip Peliwo (Vancouver) and Adil Shamasdin (Toronto) will also be travelling to Vancouver with the team as part of an extended squad of players.
The Spanish Tennis Federation also announced the team that will head to Vancouver to face-off against Canada. They selected World No. 11 Nicolas Almagro, Top 5 doubles team Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez as well as No. 51 Albert Ramos. Granollers is also a highly-ranked singles player at No. 33.
“Over the last couple of years we have really established a solid group of players who are all passionate about playing Davis Cup,” said Laurendeau. “I’m extremely happy with the group coming to Vancouver and feel confident about returning to a place that showed us such tremendous fan support last year. Spain is going to be a real challenge. They are the top team in the world with incredible depth. They have 13 players in the Top 100 alone so no matter what team they’re bringing, it will be stacked with talent. Our guys will train hard all week and be at their best for the weekend but we will also need a loud crowd on our side to help us pull off this upset.”
Dancevic has competed for Canada’s Davis Cup team every year since 2002 except in 2008 when he was hampered with a back injury. He holds an impressive 12-4 record in Davis Cup matches played on home soil. In 2012 he captured the $125K Dallas Tennis Classic defeating top players Igor Andreev, Marin Cilic and Yen-Hsun Lu en route. He also reached the final of the $50K Tallahassee Challenger and the semifinals of the $100K Vancouver Challenger. His career-high ranking is No. 65, achieved in 2007.
Nestor holds the record for most years played by a Canadian in Davis Cup at 20. He also holds the record for most wins (44), most doubles wins (29) and most ties played (42). Nestor is currently ranked No. 5 in the world in doubles and has started the year in a new partnership with another veteran doubles specialist in Mahesh Bhupathi. In 2012 he captured his eighth Grand Slam title and became the oldest player to hit the No. 1 ranking spot in singles or doubles on the ATP World Tour. Nestor holds 80 ATP World Tour doubles titles, which is fourth on the all-time list, and holds a career Golden Slam (all four Grand Slam trophies and an Olympic Gold medal).
Pospisil will be playing his seventh tie for Canada in Davis Cup. He was a key contributor to Canada’s return to the World Group in 2011, going 6-1 in the three ties he played and nearly single-handedly winning the World Group play-off versus Israel. In 2012, he captured his first two ATP Challenger events at the $35K Rimouski and $50K Granby tournaments and reached his first ATP World Tour quarter-final at Kuala Lumpur. He reached a career-high ranking of No. 85 in July of last year.
Raonic continued his rise as one of the young stars of the game in 2012, finishing the year as the top-ranked North American at No. 13 in the world. He picked up two more titles at Chennai and San Jose and was a finalist at Memphis and Tokyo. He also reached his first two Masters 1000 quarter-finals at Rogers Cup and Cincinnati in successive weeks. He matched his career-best performance at a Slam by making the fourth round at the US Open, a feat he accomplished again this past week at the Australian Open before falling to world No. 2 Roger Federer. Raonic has compiled an 8-4 record for Canada in Davis Cup play in just six ties.
Spain is the seeded team and also the top-ranked Davis Cup team in the world. They have dominated Davis Cup competition since 2000, winning five times (2000, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2011) and finishing as runner-up twice (2003, 2012).
The only other time the two countries have met in Davis Cup action was in 1991 when Spain defeated Canada 4-1 in the World Group first round.
The winner of this tie in February will move on to the World Group quarter-finals and will also be assured to keep their spot in the World Group for the following year. The losing nation will be forced to play a World Group play-off tie to keep their spot in the elite level for 2014.
Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is the largest annual international team competition in sport with 130 nations competing. Only 16 countries entered in Davis Cup competition qualify for the World Group each year.
A limited number of tickets for the event are still available at www.ticketermaster.ca or by calling 1-855-985-5000. For more information about the event, please visit www.tenniscanada.com/daviscup.
Davis Cup by BNP Paribas match schedule for Canada vs. Spain
Friday, February 1, 2013 1 p.m. Singles
Saturday, February 2, 2013 1 p.m. Doubles
Sunday, February 3, 2013 11 a.m. Reverse Singles