Vasek Pospisil carried the Canadian Davis Cup team to victory in their tiebreak vs. Israel with a straight sets win over Amir Weintraub, 6-2 7-6(3) 6-4. Canada has earned their spot in the World Group for Davis Cup in 2012.
Israel evened the tiebreak at 2-2 after Dudi Sela defeated Peter Polansky in the first rubber match of the day. Polansky had to step in for Raonic who withdrew from play earlier today. Then it would all come down to the deciding match between Pospisil and Weintraub.
Building off his epic 5-set victory against Sela in the first round and the doubles win with Nestor yesterday, Pospisil came out firing in the final rubber. Vasek's serve was working well, winning lots of free points from aces and unreturnable first serves. Weintraub made a push in the second set and managed to go up a break. But Pospisil stayed with him and got the break back, eventually taking the set in a tiebreak. There would be no comeback for Weintraub in this one, and Pospisil was more than happy to win it in straight sets to secure Canada's spot in the Davis Cup World Group for 2012.
It's been a great weekend for Pospisil, who has had some very positive results this summer at the Rogers Cup and the US Open. Vasek won both of his singles rubber matches, as well as the doubles rubber with Daniel Nestor. It's one of the best individual performances by a Canadian in team history. Mission ImPospisil is the first Canadian since Nestor in 2000 to win 3 points in a Davis Cup World Group tie. Pospisil got on a roll at just the right time, and his reward is to see Canada join the Elite 16 teams in the World Group next year.
Canada hasn't been in the Davis Cup World Group since 2004. We will find out next week who Canada will face in the first round of World Group play in February, 2012.
“Vasek beat the state of Israel this weekend,” said Canada’s captain Martin Laurendeau. “It wasn’t just a quality team. It was the opponent and the heat and the crowd. It was just a gutsy effort from our horse." (source)
Well done, Vashy!