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Madrid, Nov 19 (Canadian-Media): Vasek Pospisil, late replacement for Felix Auger-Aliassime (ankle injury) against Italy, has given Canada a 1-0 lead in its best-of-three tie against the United States at the inaugural Davis Cup Finals, media reports said.
Vasek Pospisil. Image credit: Facebook page
With 150th in the world rankings, Pospisil. beat world No. 36 Reilly Opelka 7-6 (5), 7-6 (7) on Tuesday.
On Monday the 29-year-old Pospisil, from Vancouver, beat world No. 12 Fabio Fognini en route to Canada's 2-1 win over Italy.
Winning the tie over the Americans would guarantee Canada a spot in the quarterfinals.
Pospisil had reached a career-high No. 25 in the rankings in 2014 but following back surgery, he had to miss the first half of 2019 and his ranking dropped.
Pospisil is now 19-18 in Davis Cup play.
Canada's Denis Shapovalov, from Richmond Hill, Ont., and Pospisil are scheduled to face Sam Querrey and Jack Sock in doubles.
Yesterday Shapovalov and Pospisil lost a three-set doubles match to Italy.
The winners of each of the six groups and the next two best teams are expected to advance to the quarterfinals