Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - World No. 15 star Milos Raonic captured
Sunday's opening reverse singles rubber to give Canada an insurmountable 3-1
lead over Spain in a Davis Cup opening-round affair in Vancouver. The
Canadians will face Italy in a quarterfinal in April.
The 6-foot-5 Raonic whipped Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 6-4, 6-2
on an indoor hardcourt at Thunderbird Sports Centre. A determined Raonic
pounded 22 aces and was not broken in just under two hours on Day 3.
Garcia-Lopez replaced Marcel Granollers for the fourth rubber of the weekend.
On Friday in Vancouver, Raonic and Frank Dancevic came through with singles
wins to give Canada a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-five matchup.
Granollers and Marc Lopez got Spain's first point of the week and kept the
visitors' hopes alive here with a five-set doubles victory against
Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil on Saturday.
The five-time champion Spaniards were ousted by the Czech Republic in last
November's Davis Cup final. They entered this week's matchup without any of
their top-three stars in 11-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal, world No.
4 David Ferrer and 11th-ranked Nicolas Almagro.
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