Shapovalov shows off confidence in first five-set match at Davis Cup

Dusan Lajovic of Serbia reacts to Lucas Pouille of France during their Davis Cup semi final at the Pierre Mauroy stadium in Lille northern France Friday Sept. 15 2017

India will hope to bounce back in the play-off when Rohan Bopanna and Purav Raja take on Vasiv Pospisil and Daniel Nestor in the men's doubles.

On their young shoulders was the pressure of extending Canada's streak of consecutive appearances of qualifying for the 16-team World Group of the 117-year-old event also known as the World Cup of Tennis.

Earlier, Ramkumar Ramanathan, ranked 154, defeated debutant Brayden Schnur in a marathon four setter.

Singles play wraps up the tie on Sunday with Shapovalov and Schnur facing each other's previous opponents from Friday's matches.

Yuki stretched teenage sensation Shapovalov right to the limit, in a tie that just fell short of four hours. India will expect Yuki Bhambri and Ramkumar Ramanathan to repeat their recent giant-killing acts against a completely transformed Denis Shapovalov when the team takes on Canada in its fourth straight attempt to qualify for the Davis Cup World Group. Of late, both Yuki and Ramkumar have shown encouraging results and thus instil hope that they are capable of pulling off a win over the left-handed Shapovalov.

Here's all you need to know about watching India's Davis Cup matches live.

"Probably not converting on those two break points when I had it 6-5 and five-all in the second set", said the kid who played college tennis in North Carolina until he chose to go on the tour this summer.

Ramkumar as India's number one player will play the first singles and could not have asked for an easier outing.

The best-of-five tie marks the first ever meeting between Canada and India. "We only had best-of-threes in college". "They said it was important to set your tone from the beginning". "I believed in myself in the fifth", Shapovalov said. Schnur, who played college tennis in North Carolina and turned pro this summer, won the first set and was in a position to win the second but wasted five break points. Bhambri forced the fourth set, putting Shapovalov in uncharted territory. 7-5 in the first singles, which lasted three hours and 16 minutes. Shapovalov, World No. 51, was cruising after taking a 2-0 lead but Bhambri capitalised on a dip in 18-year-old rival's serving form, coming back twice to push the third set into a tiebreaker. And what we watched Friday night will make Sunday's single games no place for a nervous Canadian, regardless.



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