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Tennis Canada – Osijek, Croatia, February 3, 2018 – After a clash between seasoned veterans, Canada will now have to battle back from a 1-2 deficit against Croatia following the second day of action at the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas first round tie in Osijek. Daniel Nestor (Toronto) and Vasek Pospisil (Vancouver) fell to their Croatian opponents Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig in five sets 2-6, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-2.
 
With a near perfect performance during the first two sets, the Canadian duo were leading 4-1 and seemed to be headed for an easy victory. However, the Croatians managed to get their first break, which renewed their energy and helped them get back into the match. Cilic and Dodig elevated their game and battled back to give a very important second point to Croatia. This was Cilic’s first match since playing in the Australian Open final.
 
After his singles loss yesterday, Pospisil was hoping to redeem himself and get the point for his country in the doubles match.
 
“This is definitely a hard loss to process. We were playing so well at the start of the match, we were in control, but they were able to get that first break in the third set, which was the turning point,” stated Pospisil.
 
Nestor is participating in his 52nd Davis Cup tie. His overall record is now 48 wins and 27 losses, which is a Canadian record.
 
“It’s disappointing. We knew that we were playing against a very good team and we got off to a perfect start,” explained Nestor. “However, when you take on such a strong team and you get the chance to close out the match, you need to take advantage of those opportunities, otherwise, it will come back to haunt you.”
 
The Canadian duo now holds a record of six wins and five losses in Davis Cup action.
 
“I knew that they were nervous at the start of the match, but also that they were capable of raising their level at any moment. That’s what they did at 1-4 in the third set,” said Dancevic. “Cilic hit a few good forehands and was able to get the crowd into the match. In my opinion, they (Cilic and Dodig) are one of the best Davis Cup doubles teams and they proved it today. That was a high quality match. I am proud of Daniel and Vasek. They left it all out on the court and as the captain, I couldn’t ask for more.”
 
Sunday Preview

After Saturday’s loss, Canada will have to win both singles rubbers on Sunday to advance to the quarter-finals, a place they haven’t been since 2015. Denis Shapovalov (Richmond Hill, ON) will attempt to even out the score when he faces Borna Coric at 8 am ET on Sunday, a clash that features two young stars from the ATP World Tour.

If Shapovalov manages to level the score, the fifth match is currently set to feature Pospisil for Canada and Viktor Galovic for Croatia. The captains have up to an hour prior to the start of the first match to make any changes to their line-up. Croatia’s captain Zeljko Krajan could be tempted to bring in Marin Cilic to play in the fifth and decisive rubber.

SHAPOVALOV VS. CORIC – This will be their first meeting
 

SHAPOVALOV CORIC
18 years old 21 years old
World no. 48 World no. 47
Career-high: world no. 48 (January 2018)   Career-high: world no. 33 (July 2015)  
4th Davis Cup tie 9th Davis Cup tie
Davis Cup record: 4-2 Davis Cup record: 6-6

POSPISIL VS. GALOVIC – This will be their first meeting
 

POSPISIL GALOVIC
27 years old 27 years old
World no. 85 World no. 181
Career-high: world no. 25 (January 2014)   Career-high: world no. 179 (January 2018) 
16th Davis Cup tie 2nd Davis Cup tie
Davis Cup record: 17-16 Davis Cup record: 1-1

 
Match Schedule 
 
Davis Cup World Group first round tie
Canada vs. Croatia
February 2-4, 2018
Sportska Dvorana Gradski Vrt, Osijek
Score: 1-2
 

Date Match Result
Friday, February 2nd First singles match Coric d. Pospisil 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-2
Friday, February 2nd Second singles match Shapovalov d. Galovic 6-4, 6-4, 6-2
Saturday, February 3rd    Doubles match                 Dodig/Skugor d. Nestor/Pospisil 2-6, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 6-2     
Sunday, February 4th Third singles match Shapovalov vs Coric
Sunday, February 4th Fourth singles match Pospisil vs Galovic

 
Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is the largest annual team competition in sport, with 133 countries participating in 2018. The winner of this tie will advance to the quarter-finals and take on Kazakhstan in April, while the losing nation would need to play in a World Group play-off tie in September to maintain its place in the World Group for 2019. Team Canada is competing in the prestigious World Group for a seventh straight year in 2018, a Canadian record, having reached the semi-finals in 2013 and the quarter-finals in 2015.
 
The matches will be broadcast on Sportsnet.

About Davis Cup
Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is the World Cup of Tennis. It is the largest annual international team competition in sport, with 133 teams entered in 2018. The competition is 118 years old, having been founded in 1900. The title sponsor is BNP Paribas (Official Bank of Davis Cup). International sponsors are Rolex (Official Timekeeper) and Adecco (Official HR Sponsor), while Head (Official Ball) is an international partner. beIN SPORTS is the Official Global Media Rights Partner. Follow all the action on www.daviscup.com and www.copadavis.com
 
About Tennis Canada
Founded in 1890, Tennis Canada is a non-profit, national sport association with a mission to lead the growth of tennis in Canada and a vision to become a world-leading tennis nation. We value teamwork, passion, integrity, innovation and excellence. Tennis Canada owns and operates the premier Rogers Cup presented by National Bank WTA and ATP World Tour events, 8 professional ITF sanctioned events and financially supports 15 other professional tournaments in Canada. Tennis Canada operates junior national training centres/programs in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. Tennis Canada is a proud member of the International Tennis Federation, the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Paralympic Committee and the International Wheelchair Tennis Association, and serves to administer, sponsor and select the teams for Davis Cup, Fed Cup, the Olympic and Paralympic Games and all wheelchair, junior and senior national teams. Tennis Canada invests its surplus into tennis development. For more information on Tennis Canada please visit our Web site at: www.tenniscanada.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
 
 

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