OSTEND, Belgium – The absence of injured stars Milos Raonic & Vasek Pospisil is proving costly for Canada in its Davis Cup quarter-final tie.
The Canadians are down 2-0 to Belgium in the best-of-five series after losing Friday's opening singles matches.
"The guys gave it all they had today," said Canada's captain Martin Laurendeau. "Itâ€™s a tough team, itâ€™s a tough surface & itâ€™s tough conditions. But we didnâ€™t come here just to put forth a satisfactory effort & go home. We really came here to win."
p>Vancouver's Filip Peliwo fell in straight sets to David Goffin while Belgium's Steve Darcis beat Frank Dancevic of Niagara Falls, Ont., 3-6, 6-1, 7-5, 6-3.
The tie is being played outdoors on clay.
Goffin, ranked No. 14, was rarely troubled against Peliwo & won 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.
Peliwo â€” ranked No. 491 â€” was making his Davis Cup debut.
"I did my best today yet it wasnâ€™t satisfactory enough," said Peliwo. "I think I played a satisfactory match against a top-15 player & it was a really satisfactory experience for me. Against a man like that you have to play pretty aggressive & I tried to do that yet he showed why heâ€™s ranked where he is.
"There are no regrets on my part."
Earlier in the day, Darcis won six straight games in the second set to take a hold on Dancevic. Darcis forced 54 errors from his opponent & received a critical break in the third set. Darcis constantly put Dancevic under pressure on serve, & almost inevitably broke in the 11th game of the third set, & seventh game of the fourth.
"A couple points really made the difference today," said Dancevic. "It was really close & I could have gotten myself back in the match. I had a couple break chances in the third & fourth sets yet he played really well on the key points. He just played better in the huge moments than I did."
Dancevic is Canada's highest ranked player at No. 272 after seventh-ranked Raonic & No. 27 Pospisil withdrew with injuries.
No. 7 Canada needs to win all three remaining matches against Belgium to reach the World Group semifinals. The winner will face either Serbia or Argentina.
Daniel Nestor & Adil Shamasdin face Ruben Bemelmans & Kimmer Coppejans in doubles on Saturday.
â€” With files from The Associated Press
Source: “The Canadian Press”