Vasek Pospisil of Vernon, Canada out of Davis Cup finals – Kelowna Capital News


There will be no repeat for Canada in the Davis Cup men’s tennis final like it did in 2019.

The Canadian Davis Cup team presented by Sobeys, which includes Vasek Pospisil of Vernon, was eliminated from the Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals following a 3-0 loss to Kazakhstan in Group B on Sunday November 28 at Madrid Arena in Spain.

Captain Frank Dancevic changed his roster since Thursday’s draw against Sweden as Brayden Schnur (Pickering, Ont.) Replaced Steven Diez (Toronto) for the first singles match against Kazakhstan.

He faced Mikhail Kukushkin in the very first meeting between the players. Schnur demonstrated a fight, but the opening set would be decided by a single break of service that went in his opponent’s direction, who claimed it 6-3. However, with a break from Kukushkin and match point in the second set, Schnur showed great resistance to come back before winning the decisive tie-break 7-5.

The Canadian kept pushing and hit a variety of powerful forehands as well as skillful drop shots. The third set was an intense affair, with both players dropping serve early. He stayed level until, at 6-5, Kukushkin again beat Schnur to win the set 7-5 and the match.

In the second singles meeting, Pospisil faced world 36th Alexander Bublik, who beat Mikael Ymer in Kazakhstan’s 2-1 victory over Sweden on Saturday. This match in Madrid was the first meeting between the two players.

Two breaks for Bublik in the first set, in which he had a 100% first serve percentage, saw the 24-year-old win 6-2, despite Pospisil’s best efforts.

The second set was tied and remained on serve, meaning a tiebreaker was needed to separate the two players. Bublik came out on top, winning 8-6 to win the match and the draw for Kazakhstan.

“He served well,” Pospisil told Tennis Canada in his post-game press conference. “I just didn’t play my best. For me it is disappointing. I just feel like I’m not as sharp the last few weeks on the pitch as I would like.

“It’s obviously disappointing for our team to come out like we did but we fought hard, we tried to do our best and that’s it. Now I’m going to go home, take a little break and get ready for next year.

Dancevic changed their doubles lineup ahead of the start of Game 3, replacing Peter Polansky (Toronto) with Pospisil as Schnur’s partner. They would face Andrey Golubev and Aleksandr Nedovyesov. In what was a dead rubber in terms of the outcome of the draw, Schnur and Polansky fought well, but we were ultimately defeated by their opponents, losing 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-1.

Sunday’s results mean Team Canada is now out of the Davis Cup final and will play a qualifying game in 2022. The qualifying draw will take place on Sunday, December 5 in Madrid.

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