Shapovalov praises 'unbelievable' Davis Cup atmosphere

Italy lost to Canada 2-1 in the opening group tie on Monday.

Injuries to three players led to Canada's decision but with the two best runners-up in the six groups joining the group winners in the quarter-finals, the USA could stand to benefit if they beat Italy this evening.

Vasek Pospisil also earned Canada a win by dispatching Fabio Fognini 7-6 (5), 7-5.

"Actually, it was pretty special because it was the first time I hear myself singing La Marseillaise", he told reporters after he and Mahut scrambled past Ben McLachlan and Yasutaka Uchiyama 6-7 (4) 6-4 7-5.

The U.S. has won 32 Davis Cup titles, but its last came in 2007. "It's awesome to win the match, especially like this, in three tie-break sets".

The 23-year-old Griekspoor was playing only his second Davis Cup rubber but rose to the occasion and twice came within two points of victory in a nerve-jangling deciding set on a raucous Court 3 at La Caja Magica.

Argentina secured a unassailable 2-0 lead over Chile in their opening group stage tie of the revamped Davis Cup in Madrid on Tuesday, courtesy spotless performances in their singles matches. There, Borna still couldn't do anything on the return, getting broken in the first game and once again at 3-5 to push Rafa over the top and Spain into the last eight. In total, 12,114 people watched the matches between Croatia and Russian Federation on Centre Court, Italy and Canada on Court 2, and Belgium and Colombia on Court 3. The standout evening match sees Belgium take on Australia to decide who will win Group D and progress to the last eight.

Record-Breaking Cold Temperatures Will Hit Most of the Country Next Week
To make matters worse, as the cold air runs over the still relatively mild Lake Michigan, lake-effect snow will also break out. We'll see highs in the 30s on Monday but temperatures struggle to even hit that 30° mark for both Tuesday and Wednesday .

Belgium got the best of Colombia thanks to Steve Darcis' 6-3, 6-2 win over Santiago Giraldo and David Goffin's 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory over Daniel Elahi Galan.

"Sometimes things have to change, or they have the risk to die", was Gerard Pique's blunt reasoning for the controversial reform of the Davis Cup.

France, on their 100th look in the Davis Cup, are one in every of the favourites this week even in the event that they personal got got been sceptical of the controversial modifications to the 119-twelve months-extinct opponents.

"I think generally people have been fairly negative about the new concepts", Murray said in a press conference on Monday.

Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic have their sights set on playing at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. That 6-0 6-0 might make a big difference in the calculations for the second-best teams in the group.

The Olympic gold medalist in 2012 and 2016, Murray said he hopes to "feel healthy" and that his "body feels good" at the end of next year. There's nothing really to complain about so far.

Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev are the most high-profile absentees while there are concerns too about the atmosphere at matches.

  • Lawrence Cooper