Canada's Nestor, Pospisil defeat India in doubles at Davis Cup tie

Bopanna and Dodig next face second seeds Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo who beat Diego Schwartzman and Mischa Zverev 7-5 6-2

Nestor, who played his 51st Davis Cup match and came in with a 32-11 doubles record, is 43rd amongst doubles players in the current global rankings, with Pospisil sitting in 111th.

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. 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.

Yuki Bhambri continued to play hard, but he once again failed to hold serve and Shapovalov looked set to seal a straight sets victory.

All eyes are on the provincial capital for crucial Davis Cup action between Canada and India with a 2018 World Group spot on the line. 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.

With experienced Vasek Pospisil unavailable for singles duties because of a bad back, Canada fielded two players who had never won a live Davis Cup rubber - a baptism by fire which could have led to a 2-0 lead for India.

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It happened after the 22-year-old Ramkumar, ranked 154th, tamed debutant Brayden Schnur 5-7, 7-6 (4), 7-5, 7-5 in the first singles, which was also a marathon match lasting three hours and 16 minutes. However, with the second set at 3-3, it was Shapalov who finally got the break and took an important 4-3 lead. Schnur looked down and out, trailing by two sets to one, and down by a break in the fourth set but found energy to fight when Ramkumar dropped serve immediately.

"It was my first one", he said of the best-of-fives. Bhupathi said the draw has come out exactly they wanted. "That time, Marty told me to play more with spin. I believed in myself in the fifth", Shapovalov said.

Winning the first set 7-6 (2) in a tiebreaker, Shapovalov then turned on the jets and won the next set 6-4, before falling 7-6 (6) in the third and then 6-4 in the fourth.

He is as confident right now as he is skilled and nimble, barely showing the physical effects of his first five-set match, just eight minutes shy of four hours of tennis. A previous version implied that Shapovalov beat Nadal at the U.S. Open.

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