Tennis·ROUNDUP

Canada beats Sweden in Davis Cup as Pospisil, Diallo win singles matches

Vasek Pospisil and Gabriel Diallo won their Davis Cup singles matches Thursday to give defending champion Canada a win over Sweden.

Pospisil and Alexis Galarneau complete sweep with doubles victory

Canadian men's tennis player Vasek Pospisil reacts during his Davis Cup group stage tennis match at the Unipol Arena, in Bologna, Italy, Thursday, Sept. 14. 2023.
Canada's Vasek Pospisil celebrates during his Davis Cup win against Sweden’s Leo Borg on Thursday in Italy. (Massimo Paolone/LaPresse via The Associated Press)

Canada extended its undefeated run in the group stage of Davis Cup finals with a second win in as many days Thursday.

Vasek Pospisil and Gabriel Diallo won singles matches followed by a doubles victory by Pospisil and Alexis Galarneau to sweep Sweden.

Defending champion Canada opened with a 3-0 win Wednesday over host Italy in Bologna.

"We go match by match and to go three-zero a second day is amazing for us," Canadian captain Frank Dancevic said.

"It's huge for our team. So many emotions today in the matches. The guys [played] their hearts out. An incredible day by the boys."

WATCH | Vasek Pospisil gives Canada opening win:

Vasek Pospisil battles, gives Canada an opening win over Sweden

7 months ago
Duration 3:00
Vernon, B.C.’s Vasek Pospisil defeated Sweden's Leo Borg 7-5, 6-4 in the opening rubber match of the day at the Davis Cup giving Canada a 1-0 lead in Bologna, Italy.

The Canadians cap the 16-country group round Saturday versus Chile.

The top two countries in each of the four groups advance to November's final eight in Malaga, Spain.

Canada defeated Australia in last year's final to win the biggest team event in men's tennis for the first time.

Pospisil's 25 service aces spurred the 33-year-old from Vernon, B.C., to a 7-6(5), 5-7, 6-2 victory over Leo Borg, the son of tennis great Bjorn Borg, to start Thursday's tie.

Montreal's Diallo assured Canada the win over Sweden with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Elias Ymer.

"Vasek led the way with an unbelievable win," Diallo said. "He faced adversity during his match, but showed some great mental resilience.

"That freed me up to play my game, to play aggressive, and take it to my opponent. I'm happy that I was able to get it done."

Diallo, 21, has yet to face a break point in Bologna.

WATCH | Diallo claims 2nd win:

Canada's Gabriel Diallo claims second win of the day over Sweden at Davis Cup

7 months ago
Duration 1:58
Montreal’s Gabriel Diallo defeated Sweden's Elias Ymer 6-4, 6-3 in the second singles match of the tie in Davis Cup play in Bologna, Italy.

Galarneau of Laval, Que., and Pospisil finished out the day with a 7-6(9), 7-6(3) victory over Filip Bergevi and Andre Goransson.

"The last couple days we've played amazing tennis," Pospisil said.

"We're great competitors. We get on the court and we hate losing or we love winning. We don't go down without a fight and we showed that the last couple days too."

WATCH | Pospisil, Galarneau maintain Canada's perfect record at Davis Cup:

Pospisil, Galarneau defeat Sweden to maintain Canada's perfect record at Davis Cup

7 months ago
Duration 2:10
Canadians Vasek Pospisil and Alexis Galarneau defeat Filip Bergevi and Andre Goransson of Sweden 7-6 (9), 7-6 (3) in their doubles rubber at the Davis Cup Finals. Canada remains undefeated at the tournament with a 6-0 record.

He took a break from tennis for more than two months, between February and April, to recover from injuries.

Pospisil hit 26 forehand winners to Borg's nine at Unipol Arena.

"I haven't played a lot of matches this year," Pospisil said post-match.

"This was one of the few healthy matches I've played. The U.S. Open was the first time I played a match with no pain this year.

"After a long break, it felt great to be able to play at a really good level."

U.S. falls to Netherlands

Frances Tiafoe was beaten for the second straight time and the United States lost to the Netherlands on Thursday.

Tallon Griekspoor defeated Tiafoe 6-3, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3) to secure the Netherlands the victory in Group D in Split, Croatia. Botic Van de Zandschulp had beaten Tommy Paul 7-6 (2), 6-2 in the opening singles match.

The U.S. later won the doubles with Austin Krajicek and Rajeev Ram defeating Wesley Koolhof and Matwe Middelkoop 7-6 (5), 6-7 (3), 6-3.

Tiafoe had lost to Croatian Borna Gojo on Wednesday in a tie the Americans won 2-1.

The Netherlands had opened with a win against Finland and now lead the group.

In other results, Australia rallied to defeat France 2-1 after Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell defeated Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 7-5, 6-3 in the decisive doubles match in Group B in Manchester. In the singles, Adrian Mannarino had defeated Purcell, while and Alex de Minaur beat Ugo Humbert.

The Czech Republic defeated South Korea 3-0 in Group C in Valencia.

With files from The Associated Press

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