See photos of the remarkable first day of the International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) Davis Cup tiebreaker elimination round tournament at the University of British Columbia’s Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre. On Friday, Canada’s Milos Raonic and Frank Dancevic won their single match tournaments against Spain’s Albert Ramos and Marcel Granollers, giving Canada an initial 2-0 lead in the best of five tie-breaking tournament and sending Spain on brink of elimination.
However, the Canadians were denied an early Spaniard upset on Saturday when Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez extended Spain’s life, turning the best of five to 2-1 by beating Canada’s Vasek Pospisil and Daniel Nestor in the tournament’s doubles match. Today, Raonic will have the first opportunity to send Spain home with his singles match against Granollers. If Spain’s Granollers prevails, the ultimate tie breaking match of this Davis Cup elimination round will be played between Dancevic and Ramos. A Canadian win at UBC this weekend would be of historic proportions: this could be the first time Canada advances to the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup World Cup.
This is the second consecutive year the Davis Cup first round elimination tournaments have been played at UBC’s Thunderbird Sports Centre. This match is just one of the eight Davis Cup matches being played around the world this weekend simultaneously. See below for photos of Friday’s single tournaments, won by Canada’s Raonic and Dancevic in front of sell-out crowds of 6,000 people.
Friday, Round 1: Canada Raonic 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 Spain Ramos | 1-0
Friday, Round 2: Canada Dancevic 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 Spain Granollers | 2-0
Saturday, Round 3: Canada Pospisil/Nestor 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(4), 3-6, 2-6 Spain Granollers/Lopez | 2-1
Sunday, Round 4: Canada Raonic 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 Spain Granollers | 3-1
Sunday, Round 5: Canada Dancevic vs. Spain Ramos
Update: Sunday, Round 4 – Canada’s Raonic defeats Spain’s Lopez (subbed in for Granollers) in straight sets, sending Canada to the quarterfinals to face Italy.
These photos were taken by photographer Stephen Lam at PineTree Creative. Visit PineTree Creative’s website (pinetreecreative.ca) and follow them on Facebook (/PinetreeCreative). For more photos of Friday’s tournament, check out the photographer’s Flickr gallery here.
Written by Kenneth Chan, a Columnist at Vancity Buzz. Follow Kenneth on Twitter: @kjmagine