Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada Wins Davis Cup Playoff Tie after Defeating Chileans in Doubles

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada Wins Davis Cup Playoff Tie after Defeating Chileans in Doubles

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Canada downs Chile in Davis Cup doubles

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HALIFAX - Canada secured its spot in the elite World Group in the Davis Cup on Saturday, handily beating a Chilean men's doubles team that struggled to keep pace with a fast, hard surface.

Captain Martin Laurendeau said the 3-0 sweep in the best of three playoff series was "huge" for the team that faced relegation to the lower Americas Zone Group where they hadn't played since 2011.

The win was even sweeter for doubles partners Vasek Pospisil and Adil Shamasdin. They delivered the final win without stars Milos Raonic and Daniel Nestor, who sat out the series because of nagging injuries.

"It's a great relief," Laurendeau said after the two-hour match at the Scotiabank Centre. "I think the guys performed really well under the circumstances. We talked about a couple losses on the team, but the guys had the opportunity to step up and that's what they did."

The 26-year-old Pospisil, from Vancouver, believes wins in the doubles and two singles matches were a good omen for the squad, which went into the series ranked 12th in the world.

"I think it shows how much depth we have on the team," he said. "So it's exciting for the future."

Pospisil along with partner Shamasdin headed off Hans Podlipnik-Castillo, ranked 65th, and Nicolas Jarry (No. 262) in Halifax. The Canadians won 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (6) in straight sets after getting off to a nervous start, but quickly took control of the match.

Pospisil and Shamasdin haven't played together extensively, but worked effectively at the net with several smashes and cross-court points.

The Canadians capitalized on their familiarity with the hard surface, something the Chileans acknowledged was a disadvantage in all three matches.

Podlipnik-Castillo said they had a lot of chances, but the speed and accuracy of the serves coming from the Canadians made it challenging to compete at times. …

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