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Canada takes 2-0 lead over Chile on opening day of Davis Cup

Canada is now just one triumph away from ousting Chile in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group play-offs after Frank Dancevic (Niagara Falls, Ont.) and Vasek Pospisil (Vancouver) both captured victories on Friday. Dancevic opened the tie, being held at Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, with a 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-1, 6-4 victory over Christian Garin before Pospisil defeated Nicolas Jarry 6-1, 5-7, 7-6(2), 6-3 to give Canada its best-case result on the first day of play.

Dancevic started well, taking the first set in just 31 minutes, and looked to be on his way to a simple two-set lead. However, despite serving for the second set twice and leading 5-1 in the tiebreaker, the veteran Canuck let 20-year-old Garin back into the match. After re-grouping, Dancevic was able to quickly re-assert his lead by reeling off five straight games. He was the stronger player from that point on, showing his greater experience in both Davis Cup play and on a fast indoor hard court surface.

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Davis Cup: Ferrer makes it 2-0 by routing Myneni

Feliciano Lopez and David Ferrer won their respective singles matches on the opening day of their Davis Cup World Group Play-off against India at the R.K. Khanna Tennis Stadium here on Friday, taking Spain to a comfortable 2-0 lead.

Feliciano defeated Ramkumar Ramanathan 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 in the first match of the day in two hours and 15 minutes. Later, Ferrer outclassed Saketh Myneni 6-1, 6-2, 6-1 in an hour and 25 minutes in a rather lopsided encounter to hand the visitors a comfortable lead.

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Rafael Nadal pulls out of opening Davis Cup singles match against India

Tennis superstar Rafael Nadal on Friday pulled out of Spain's Davis Cup World Group Play-off opening singles match against India due to a stomach bug.

"Change of nomination for the singles rubbers in New Delhi as Feliciano Lopez replaces Rafa Nadal," Davis Cup's official Twitter account said.

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Davis Cup: Kyrgios and Tomic put Australia 2-0 up against Slovakia

Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic have led Australia to a 2-0 advantage over Slovakia today at the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Play-off tie at Ken Rosewall Arena in Sydney.

Kyrgios defeated world No.127 Andrej Martin 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in the opening rubber before Tomic defeated world No.123 Jozef Kovalik 7-6(5), 6-4, 6-4.

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Dancevic - Garin to start Canada - Chile Davis Cup tie

The official draw for the Davis Cup World Group play-off tie between Canada and Chile took place Thursday at Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame, determining the match-ups for the weekend ahead. Canada and Chile will face off on an indoor hard court at Scotiabank Centre in Halifax from September 16-18, with the winner earning a place in the World Group for 2017.

The Canadian Davis Cup team consisting of Frank Dancevic (Niagara Falls, Ont.), Vasek Pospisil (Vancouver), Adil Shamasdin (Toronto), and Denis Shapovalov (Richmond Hill, Ont.) will take on Chile in two singles matches on Friday, a doubles match on Saturday, and two reverse singles matches on Sunday. Leading the squad through the tie is longtime Canadian Davis Cup team captain Martin Laurendeau.

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