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18 December 2013

Top 5 moments of 2013 - Canada reaches semis


Photo: Srdjan StevanovicCanadian fans

Each day this week we will be casting our memory back over 2013 to bring you the best moments from another fantastic year in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group.

It has been quite the year for Canadian tennis and nowhere was the success of the North American nation so evident as in Davis Cup.

Drawn to play against one of the modern day greats, Spain, in the opening round back in February one could have been forgiven for thinking that Canada were there to make up the numbers.

What transpired was a massive upset in which Milos Raonic, Vasek Pospisil, Daniel Nestor and Frank Dancevic all contributed to a 3-2 victory over Alex Corretja’s team to secure the first World Group win ever for the Canadians.

Not content to stop there, Martin Laurendeau’s men put in a determined performance against a dogged Italian side in the quarterfinals in April to advance to unknown territory.

The Canadians were in the last four and all of a sudden they were being taken seriously – even by a Serbian side playing at home in the semifinals led by the then world No. 1 Novak Djokovic.

Serbia was right not to underestimate their opponents and Canada went into the final day in Belgrade in September with a 2-1 lead.

Raonic had been the hero for Canada throughout the year and won his opening singles rubber against Janko Tipsarevic before the doubles combo of Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil finally got over the line against Iliija Bozoljac and Nenad Zimonjic – both Canada’s points being won 10-8 in the fifth set.

Could Raonic go one better and announce his arrival on the Davis Cup scene with the biggest scalp of them all against Djokovic?

Sadly for Canada, that one went according to the form book, and so it was left to Pospisil to show his mettle against Tipsarevic in the deciding fifth.

Despite a truly valiant effort from the young Canadian, who has subsequently risen to No. 32 in the world, Tipsarevic had enough composure to win the rubber and hence the tie.

Canada's gutsy display in 2013 and their fantastic support all year (who could forget those giant heads?) will surely have earned them some new fans from around the world.

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