Canada see off Australia to reach Davis Cup semis

Reuters Madrid, Spain Nov 22, 2019, 01.32 PM(IST)

Canada's Denis Shapovalov and Vasek Pospisil celebrate after winning their doubles match agianst Australia's John Peers and Jordan Thompson. Photograph:( Reuters )

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Hewitt has been a vocal critic of the revamp of the 119-year-old tournament that originally had home and away ties played throughout the year

Canada booked their place in the Davis Cup semi-finals as Vasek Pospisil and Denis Shapovalov won the deciding rubber against Australia on Thursday.

The 150th-ranked Pospisil, who has had an inspired week in Madrid, gave Canada the lead by beating John Millman 7-6(7) 6-4 in the opening singles at La Caja Magica.

Shapovalov came close to clinching the deal against Alex De Minaur, only to lose 3-6 6-3 7-5, but he recovered to join Pospisil and defeat Jordan Thompson and John Peers 6-4 6-4.

Canada will face either Serbia or Russia in the semi-finals on Saturday.