Canada's Raonic has ailing back, out for Davis Cup Finals
TORONTO — Canada will not have Milos Raonic for the inaugural Davis Cup Finals next week in Madrid because of a back injury. He missed the U.S. Open because of a back injury and has played just three official matches this fall. Raonic said Monday it is "very hard and disappointing" that he will be unable to represent Canada. He plans to "take the appropriate time to get healthy" in anticipation of next season. Brayden Schnur will replace the 31st-ranked Raonic. Schnur has climbed 100 ranking spots this year to No. 94. Also on the squad are No. 15 Denis Shapovalov, No. 21 Felix Auger-Aliassime and No. 149 Vasek Pospisil. Canada faces Italy on Nov. 18 and the U.
MADRID — Canada's Vasek Pospisil has recorded a major upset to open the inaugural Davis Cup Finals.
Pospisil, a late replacement for Felix Auger-Aliassime (recovering from an ankle injury), beat Italy's Fabio Fognini 7-6 (5), 7-5 in the opening match of the best-of-three tie on Monday.
Ranked 150th in the world after missing half the season while recovering from back surgery, Vancouver's Pospisil was a big underdog against world No. 12 Fognini.
Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., Canada's top-ranked player, squared off with Matteo Berrettini in the second singles match.
Later, Pospisil and Shapovalov were to team up in doubles to meet Simone Bolelli and Lorenzo Sonego.
Canada, the United States and Italy are in Group F. Canada faces the U.S., tomorrow.
The winners of each of the six groups and the next two best teams advance to quarterfinals.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 18, 2019.
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Canada defeats Russia in thriller to advance to first Davis Cup final .
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