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 — Vasek Pospisil has recorded his second major upset in as many days, giving Canada a 1-0 lead in its tie against the United States at the Davis Cup Finals.
Pospisil, ranked 150th in the world, beat world No. 36 Reilly Opelka 7-6 (5), 7-6 (7) on Tuesday.
Pospisil, from Vancouver, beat world No. 12 Fabio Fognini on Monday en route to Canada's 2-1 win over Italy.
The six-foot-11 Opelka, known for his big serve, fought off one match point in the second set to tie it at 6-6. But Pospisil rebounded to finish it off.
Canada's Denis Shapovalov, who clinched the tie over Italy with an upset of Matteo Berrettini, meets American Taylor Fritz in the second singles match.
Shapovalov, from Richmond Hill, Ont., and Pospisil then are scheduled to face Sam Querrey and Jack Sock in doubles. Shapovalov and Pospisil lost a three-set doubles match to Italy yesterday.
The winners of each of the six groups and the next two best teams advance to the quarterfinals.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 19, 2019.
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