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Canada go down 3-2 to Great Britain in the Davis Cup after Shapovalov defaulted for hitting umpire

An unfortunate ending closed out a hard-fought weekend at Canada’s Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group first-round tie against Great Britain at TD Place in Ottawa on Sunday. After Vancouver’s Vasek Pospisil defeated his British No. 1 counterpart Daniel Evans 7-6(3), 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(5) to force the fifth and deciding rubber, Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont. was defaulted at 2-1 in the third set of the final match.

Seventeen-year-old Shapovalov was trailing Kyle Edmund 6-3, 6-4, 2-1 when he unintentionally struck the chair umpire with a ball. As per ITF rules, he was automatically defaulted for unsportsmanlike conduct.


Spain battle back against Croatia to book Serbia Davis Cup Quarter-final

With their backs against the wall, Roberto Bautista Agut and Pablo Carreno Busta held their nerves to complete a big turnaround on the final day of the Davis Cup tennis tie against Croatia in Osijek, leading Spain to the World Group quarter-finals for the first time in five years.

Bautista Agut had the task to get his team to the fifth, deciding rubber and he didn't let them down. After a hard-fought battle that lasted for three hours and 19 minutes, the world No. 16 beat the Croatian No. 1, 29-year-old Franko Skugor 6-1, 6-7 (4), 6-3, 7-6 (6) on Sunday.


India ease past New Zealand 4-1 in Davis Cup tie

India defeated New Zealand 4-1 in Asian Oceania Group 1 Davis Cup tie on Sunday. Following the win, India will now take on Uzbekistan in the second round of the Asia-Oceania Group I in April.

Ramkumar Ramanathan and Yuki Bhambri won their respective reverse singles matches to hand India a comfortable victory at the Balewadi Sports Complex in Pune.


Great Britain open up 2-1 lead in Davis Cup

Despite a heartfelt performance in front of an impressive crowd, Canada couldn’t solve a solid British team who now holds the 2-1 edge after the second day of Davis Cup by BNP Paribas play at TD Place in Ottawa. Canadian doubles veteran Daniel Nestor (Toronto) and Vasek Pospisil (Vancouver) fell to Great Britain’s Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot 7-6(1), 6-7(3), 7-6(3), 6-3 in a closely-contested duel on Saturday afternoon in their World Group first-round tie.

For the second straight day, Canada and Great Britain battled before an electric stadium of supporters. The 7,023 fans in the crowd broke the record for highest-attended Davis Cup daily attendance in Canada, previously set just one day ago. However, even with the home court advantage, Canada was unable to contain a strong serving British team that won 82 percent of points on the first serve and had combined for 17 aces.


Thompson leads Australia to 4-1 victory over Czech Republic

Undefeated debutant Jordan Thompson led Australia to an emphatic 4-1 victory over Czech Republic in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group first round tie at Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club today (Sunday).

Czech Republic’s No.1 player Jiri Vesely overcame Sam Groth 3-6 7-5 6-3 in the fourth rubber, before Thompson maintained his 100 per cent record by defeating world No.157 Jan Satral 7-6(5) 6-2.


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