Photo: Spain Eliminated Davis Cup Play
Canada eliminated Spain in the first round of the Davis Cup over the weekend.
Canada’s No. 1 singles player, Milos Raonic, clinched the decisive point that put his team up 3-1 by beating Spain’s Guillermo Garcia Lopez 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 on Sunday.
Spanish Davis Cup captain Alex Corretja decided to play Garcia Lopez instead of Marcel Granollers against Raonic after the Spanish No. 1 teamed up with Marc Lopez to win in doubles on Saturday.
This is the first time that Canada, No. 12 in the Davis Cup rankings, has won in the first round of the tournament and advanced to the quarterfinals.
“I do not have any complaints about anybody, not the ones who didn’t come or the ones who played, who gave it everything they had and did the best they could. The Spanish team lost, Spanish tennis, not just those of us who are here, just like when we win, we all win,” Corretja said.
The Iberian nation was without the services of Davis Cup stalwarts Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer, as well as other key players who helped lead the country to nearly half a dozen titles since 2000, for its tie against Canada.
Spain has won the Davis Cup five times, with the country’s most recent victory coming against Argentina in Seville in 2011.
Spain won tennis’ premier international team competition in 2000 and 2009 in Barcelona against Australia and the Czech Republic, respectively; in 2008, in Mar del Plata, against Argentina and in Seville in 2004 against the United States.