Canada draws Japan in first round of 2014 Davis Cup
By QMI Agency
|Canada's Milos Raonic celebrates his victory over Serbia's Janko Tipsarevic in the Davis Cup semifinal September 13, 2013 in Belgrade. (REUTERS/Marko Djurica)
Fresh off a loss to Serbia in the Davis Cup semifinals, Canada received a favourable draw Wednesday for the first round of the 2014 World Group playdowns.
Canada, seeded seventh in the 16-team competition, will play 12th-ranked Japan when the Davis Cup resumes in late January. The only fly in the ointment for Canada is the tie will be played in Japan, at a venue and on a surface to be determined later.
“We are coming off such an incredible year where our team gained invaluable experience both in Davis Cup and individually on the Tour,” Canadian team captain Martin Laurendeau said. “We face the challenge of playing a good team on the road again, and with the Australian Open just before it will make for a lot of travel very early in the year. But we look forward to starting a new and hopefully even more successful journey for next year.”
Canada is 0-5 against Japan in Davis Cup play, but the last time the two countries met was in 1938, when Japan won 5-0. Japan did not play in the World Group this year, however, they did make it to the final 16 with a 3-2 win over Colombia last weekend.
It will be the third consecutive year Canada plays in the World Group.
Before losing to third-ranked Serbia last weekend, Canada knocked off Spain and Italy to reach the semifinals.
The top seeded Czech Republic, which will play Serbia in the 2013 final, drew the Netherlands for next year’s first round. Serbia will face Switzerland, which boasts former world No. 1 Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal-led Spain will take on Germany.