The Canadian Davis Cup team has defeated Italy 3-1 after the third day of play in their Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group quarter-final tie taking place at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Entering the day, Canada was up 2-1 thanks to one singles victory and a win in doubles, and Milos Raonic was able to clinch Canada’s first-ever semifinal berth as he defeated Andreas Seppi 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.
In the battle of the two nations’ No. 1 players, world No. 16 Raonic came out on top over No. 18 Seppi, serving 35 aces and winning 87 per cent of his first serve points. He broke in the very first game of the match and saved the only break point he faced through the first two sets (losing just eight points on serve) as he clinched a 2-0 lead in 68 minutes.