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Denis Shapovalov victorious in Davis Cup debut as Canada beats Chile 5-0

A day after officially securing the victory over Chile in their Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group play-off tie on Saturday, Canada continued winning at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax on Sunday to complete the sweep with a final score of 5-0. In his Davis Cup debut, 17-year-old Denis Shapovalov (Richmond Hill, Ont.) defeated Christian Garin 7-6(5), 6-4 before Frank Dancevic (Niagara Falls, Ont.) beat Gonzalo Lama 6-4, 6-4.

Junior Wimbledon champion Shapovalov shook off some nerves and rust to take control of his match. Garin had more chances in the early goings, but Shapovalov saved four break points in the first set before winning the tiebreaker. In the second set, the junior world No. 10 was broken at 2-3 but rebounded immediately to break back, and ultimately secured his first Davis Cup win in just 83 minutes. Shapovalov, who acted as a hitting partner for the team in the Davis Cup quarter-finals last year, is currently ranked No. 245 on the pro circuit.

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Spain complete 5-0 rout of India in the Davis Cup

Marc Lopez and David Ferrer won their respective reverse singles rubbers as Spain completed a comprehensive 5-0 win over India in their Davis Cup World Group Play-off tie at the R.K. Khanna Tennis Stadium in New Delhi on Sunday. Lopez defeated Davis Cup debutant Sumit Nagal 6-3, 1-6, 6-3, while Ferrer got the better of 21-year-old Chennai lad Ramkumar Ramanathan 6-2, 6-2.

Spain, who had taken an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match tie earlier by winning the opening day's two singles and the doubles rubber on Saturday, have returned to the World Group after a gap of two years.

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Spain take 4-0 lead against India despite Nagal's best efforts on debut

Indian youngster Sumit Nagal produced a spirited performance on his Davis Cup debut before going down 3-6, 6-1, 3-6 to Marc Lopez of Spain in the first reverse singles of their World Group Play-off tie in New Delhi on Sunday.

Spain, who had taken an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match tie to book a spot in the World Group on Saturday, thus increased their lead to 4-0.

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Davis Cup: Canada completes 3-0 sweep over Chile

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. 

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Davis Cup: India go down fighting in Doubles rubber as Spain clinch tie 3-0

Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez fought off a brave challenge from the Indian duo of Leander Paes and Saketh Myneni in the doubles rubber to hand Spain an unassailable 3-0 lead in their Davis Cup World Group Play-off tie in New Delhi on Saturday.

The Indians troubled the gold medal winners at last month's Rio Olympics throughout the hard-fought contest before going down 6-4, 6-7 (2), 4-6, 4-6 in three hours and 23 minutes in front of a raucous home crowd at the jampacked R.K. Khanna Tennis Stadium.

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