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Davis Cup: Shapovalov leads Canada's challenge vs India

September 05, 2017 21:33 IST

Denis Shapovalov

IMAGE: Denis Shapovalov in action. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Canada named rising star and world number 69 Denis Shapovalov in its squad to take on India in the upcoming Davis Cup World Group Play-off tie, scheduled to played in Edmonton from September 15.

The 18-year-old Shapovalov is in good form as he made it to the fourth round of the US Open beating French star Jo-Wilfred Tsonga along the way before losing to Pablo Carreno Busta in the pre-quarterfinals.

The other members in the squad include Vasek Pospisil (78), Brayden Schnur (192) and seasoned Daniel Nestor (42 in doubles).

World No. 11 Milos Raonic, who has already skipped the last Grand Slam of the season due to a wrist injury, is not part of the squad.

Despite

the top Canadian star missing the tie, India has a task at hand since contending with a player of Shapovalov's calibre and that too in his own backyard will prove to be a tough test.

India has named Yuki Bhambri, Ramkumar Ramanathan, Saketh Myneni and Rohan Bopanna in its squad for the tie -- the winner of which qualify for the elite 16-nation World Group.

None of the Indian players featured in the US Open singles with Bhambri and Ramkumar failing to clear the qualifying rounds.

However, Bhambri and Ramanathan, to their credit, have created ripples in international tennis recently. Bhambri had knocked out world No. 22 Gael Monfils from the Citi Open while Ramkumar had scalped world No. 8 Dominic Thiem at Antalya Open.

India has consistently reached the World Group Play-off stage in the last three years under former captain Anand Amritraj but could not cross the hurdle.

The Indian team lost to tennis power houses Serbia (2014 in Bangalore), Czech Republic (2015 in New Delhi) and Rafael Nadal-led Spain last year in New Delhi.

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