As Denis Shapovalov and Vasek Pospisil combined to conquer Australia and become the of the new-look Davis Cup the remarkable rise of Canadian tennis continued.
Canada have been enjoying a two-man team because of injury but Pospisil in particular has been inspired and he defeated John Millman 7-6 (9-7) 6-4 in the opening singles rubber.
Surrounded the absence of Nick Kyrgios, who had played at the opening two matches but was encouraging contrary to the sidelines this moment.
Captain Lleyton Hewitt later clarified:He has injured last night. We did have a selection. He couldnt play. So Johnny needed to measure up to the plate. He had a collarbone injury
Alex De Minaur maintained Australia in contention in the battle of the firearms in front of a small but enthusiastic crowd with a 3-6 6-3 7-5 victory over Shapovalov.
But the Australians were unable to finish the comeback, with Pospisil, whos rated a 150 and Shapovalov defeating John Peers and Jordan Thompson 6-4 6-4 to set up a battle with either Serbia or Russia .
Serbia eased through on Thursday, following up victory over Japan using a 2-1 victory against France that eliminated the best seeds.
This is the most perfect scenario for people, said Novak Djokovic. Winning both twists after singles and not being pressured from the doubles.
So we are coming to the quarters now and playing against Russia tomorrow. That is unquestionably among the highest quality teams . Its definitely going to be a huge challenge.
Russia were among both best-placed runners-up along with Argentina, who will take on hosts Spain.
Spain would be without their number 2 singles player, Roberto Bautista Agut, that abandoned the competition after his father was taken seriously sick, to go. The federation afterwards declared that the father of Bautista Agut had sadly died.
Last year the 31-year-old, that lost his mother, had been expected to get married next week.
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