January 22, 2013
Raonic leads Canada against star-less Spain
By QMI Agency
Milos Raonic will lead Canada against a depleted Spanish lineup at their Davis Cup tie next month in Vancouver.
Raonic, ranked 15th in the world, will be joined by doubles specialist Daniel Nestor, Frank Dancevic of Niagara Falls and Vasek Pospisil of Vancouver in the World Group tie, Tennis Canada announced Tuesday. Jesse Levine of Ottawa, Filip Peliwo of Vancouver and Adil Shamasdin of Toronto will be on the expanded Canadian team.
"Over the last couple of years we have really established a solid group of players who are all passionate about playing Davis Cup," Canadian captain Martin Laurendeau said. "I'm extremely happy with the group coming to Vancouver and feel confident about returning to a place that showed us such tremendous fan support last year. Spain is going to be a real challenge. They are the top team in the world with incredible depth."
Spain will be without star Rafael Nadal, No. 4 in the world, and David Ferrer, ranked fifth for the meeting with Canada Feb. 1-3.
Instead, the Spanish will counter with Nicolas Almagro (11th in the world), No. 51 Alberto Ramos and the doubles team of Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez. Granollers is 10th in the doubles rankings, five spots behind Lopez.
Play in this tie, which starts Feb. 1 with the singles matches, will determine the World Group quarterfinalist. The winner will be assured of staying in the World Group for 2014 while the loser would need to win a playoff tie to stay at the top level.