A milestone triumph for Canadian tennis as they beat Italy to reach semifinal stage of Davis Cup for the first time. They will square off against Serbia next.
In the doubles match Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil built a 2-0 lead against Italian pair Daniele Bracciali-Fabio Fognini, yet they let it slip out of their hands and their opponents forced a decider. Twenty-eight games were required to separate the teams in the final set – in the end the Canadians celebrated a 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 3-6, 15-13 win to secure a crucial point for their country in front of their fans.
On Sunday Milos Raonic was too strong for Andreas Seppi in the opening two sets. He stole the Italian’s service game early in each of them and did not face a break ball until *5-4 in the second set – he fended it off and acquired a two set cushion two rallies later. Seppi was not about to give up just yet as he went 3-0 ahead in the third set and maintained his one break advantage to serve the set out and reduce the deficit. The fourth set progressed on serves until 6-5 when Seppi needed a hold to stay in the match and to keep Italian chances alive. Raonic had other plans though – he created a couple of match balls and did not hesitate to seal a 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 victory. The delighted Vancouver crowd thus witnessed a historic moment as their team has not played in Davis cup semis yet. The Canadians will try to build on this success in Serbia on 13-15 September.
Canada – Italy 3-1