Jones: Canada in tough against India

Jones: Canada in tough against India

Jones: Canada in tough against India

"It's my first five-set match, for sure the longest I have been on the court", Shapovalov said. The 18-year-old has also beaten the likes of Juan Martin del Potro and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga recently.

India will expect Yuki Bhambri and Ramkumar Ramanathan to repeat their recent giant-killing acts against a completely transformed Denis Shapovalov when the team takes on Canada in its fourth straight attempt to qualify for the Davis Cup World Group, in Edmonton from Saturday.

Ramkumar Ramanathan, ranked 154, will open India's campaign against 22-year-old Brayden Schnur, who ranked 202 in the world, is making his Davis Cup debut.

Yuki Bhambri staged a remarkable comeback and almost caused an upset in his 6-7 (2), 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4, 1-6 loss to world number 51 Denis Shapovalov.

If the idea of many might have been that India would be a walkover against Canada in this weekend's David Cup tie that disappeared from the git go. Schnur looked down and out, trailing by two sets to one, and down by a break in the fourth set but found energy to fight when Ramkumar dropped serve immediately.

With experienced Vasek Pospisil unavailable for singles duties because of a bad back, Canada fielded two players who had never won a live Davis Cup rubber - a baptism by fire which could have led to a 2-0 lead for India.

Ramkumar had defeated Schnur in a tough four-setter in the opening match of the play-off to give India a 1-0 lead. He might be higherranked than both the Indians at number 82 but he is coming into the tie after five straight loses on the ATP Tour, the last being in the first round of the US Open. "They said it was important to set your tone from the beginning". "That was the most fun I've had in tennis with that crowd", he said.

The Canadian defeated Bhambri 7-6 (2), 6-4, 6-7 (8), 4-6, 6-1 in a match that lasted almost four hours.

However, Yuk Bhambri won a break point of his own and forced the third set to a tie-break.

The Sports Ministry has left out veteran Leander Paes and Saketh Myneni from the initial list of tennis players, who have been chosen for monthly allowance for their preparations for the next year's big-ticket events and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Schnur, who played college tennis in North Carolina and turned pro this summer, won the first set and was in a position to win the second but wasted five break points. 7-5 in the first singles, which lasted three hours and 16 minutes. Shapovalov made the world take note of him with his shock win over Rafael Nadal at the Montreal Masters.