Canada’s Davis Cup team has officially accomplished its mission of earning a spot in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group in 2017 following a sweep of Chile at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax on Saturday. Vasek Pospisil (Vancouver) and Adil Shamasdin (Pickering, Ont.) picked up a 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(6) triumph over Nicolas Jarry and Hans Podlipnik-Castillo to put Canada up an surmountable 3-0 in their World Group play-off tie, after Canada also won both singles matches a day earlier.
After holding off two break points in the third game of the first set – the only break points they would face the whole match – Pospisil and Shamasdin maintained control through the contest. With early breaks at 2-1 in the first set and in the opening game of the second set, Pospisil and Shamasdin needed just 70 minutes to take a two-set lead versus Jarry and Podlipnik-Castillo, last year’s Pan Am Games doubles gold medallists. Though the third set was close, Pospisil and Shamasdin closed it out on their third match point in the tiebreaker to clinch the important win for Canada.