Montreal (Canada) – Davis Cup champion for two seasons, Canada is trying to return to the final stage of the competition and started the World Qualifiers with two victories this Friday in the clash against South Korea. The games are being played in Montréal.
The series began with Gabriel Diallo, 132nd in the ranking, beating Soonwoo Kwon, former number 52 in the world and current 700th ranked, by double 6/4. This was only the third Davis victory for 22-year-old Diallo. Afterwards, Vasek Pospisil increased his advantage and defeated Seong Chan Hong 6/4 and 6/3. At 33 years old, Pospisil scored his 15th singles victory in the competition.
This Saturday’s round begins with the doubles match, in which Alexis Galarneau and Vasek Pospisil face Ji Sung Nam and Min-Kyu Song. Next, Diallo and Hong play the fourth game, with the possibility of a fifth game.
The Canadian team still has rookie Liam Drax and experienced Milos Raonic at their disposal. Two other important players in the country, Félix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov, are not playing for Davis. They opted for the ATP 250 in Montpellier and Aliassime is already in the semifinals.
Four clashes start on Saturday
Three South American countries will be on the court starting this Saturday. Argentina plays at home, on a clay court at the Jockey Club of Rosario, against Kazakhstan. The series begins with Francisco Cerúndolo facing Dmitry Popko. Next, it will be Tomas Etcheverry’s turn to play against Timofei Skatov. On Sunday, the decisive round begins with the doubles match, the partnership of Maximo Gonzalez and Andres Molteni faces Timofei Skatov and Aleksandr Nedovyesov. Another two singles matches can take place on the second day of the match, if necessary.
The teams from Chile and Peru face each other on a hard court in the capital Santiago. The series begins with Alejandro Tabilo facing Juan Pablo Varillas. Soon after, Nicolas Jarry faces Ignacio Buse. The games continue next Sunday, with Tomas Barrios Vera and Alejandro Tabilo facing the brothers Conner and Arklon Huertas in doubles, opening the schedule that can have up to three games.
Two other clashes begin on Saturday: Taiwan plays at home against France, while the Czech Republic hosts Israel. The clash between Taiwanese and French begins with Yu Hsiou Hsu against 19-year-old Luca Van Assche, followed by the match between Adrian Mannarino and Tung-Lin Wu. In the series between the Czechs and the Israelis, Jakub Mensik opens against Yshai Oliel, and then Jiri Lehecka faces Daniel Cukierman.