Canadian tennis almost had its moment

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It took an improbable run, and nearly more, for Vasek Pospisil to grace the front page of The Globe and Mail. The 23-year-old tennis hope for Canada teamed up with modern legend Daniel Nestor and simmering star Milos Raonic to nearly earn their country a berth in the Davis Cup final—an inconceivable opportunity not long ago, given Canada’s tennis power relative to other nations. The Canadians eventually lost to the Serbians, led by the powerful Novak Djokovic, 3-2.

The workhorse Pospisil played three of those matches, losing two, barely scraping out a third—the doubles match—with Nestor. Against Janko Tipsarevic in the deciding match, Pospisil fought a third-set tiebreak as far as he could fight it. Then, he lost, his ankle popped, and Canada’s adventure was over.

The loss on Serbian soil might seem like a funny place to be optimistic, but the Canadians say they’ll have a strong program for years to come. Some day, their country might notice. “Canada doesn’t really love tennis, because we’ve never had a moment to truly love,” wrote the National Post‘s Bruce Arthur. A semi-final loss in a vaunted international tourney, however slim, won’t do it. But it’s close. Pospisil cracked the Globe‘s front page, sprawled in defeat. Some day, some Canadian’s arms may be raised. Until then, oh, hey, hockey’s back.


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