Canada advances to Davis Cup semis with historic win over Australia

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With a single match potentially consisting of 18 sets of tennis each, and only three courts available at Madrid's La Caja Mágica, organisers have struggled to squeeze the action in.

The result gave Serbia an insurmountable 2-0 lead over the French before the doubles match.

Both of these teams have been relying exclusively on just two players at this Davis Cup tournament and so while they have a similar amount of match-time in their legs, this tie should throw into sharp focus the lack of preparation time afforded to Russian Federation, who will have had less than 18 hours rest between their gruelling doubles match with Serbia and Vasek Pospisil's first match against Andrey Rublev.

Cristian Garin at least claimed a consolatory win - Chile's first of the tournament - with a superb performance against Jan-Lennard Struff, saving three match points en route to a 6-7 (3-7) 7-6 (9-7) 7-6 (10-8) success. "Playing against France, one of the most successful nations in Davis Cup, and definitely one of the strongest teams".

Canada has advanced to the semifinals at the Davis Cup Finals.

Filip Krajinovic had defeated Yuichi Sugita 6-2, 6-4 in the first match.

Doubles specialist Nikola Mektic had to play singles against Roberto Bautista Agut, losing 6-1 6-3, before home hero Nadal saw off Borna Gojo 6-4 6-3.

"You dream maybe to go all the way, to celebrate with a victory, but sometimes it doesn't happen what you want to happen".

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"Anyway the season is over now, we'll get over it".

Australian hopes were not helped when Nick Kyrgios, impressive in their group wins over Colombia and Belgium, was surprisingly not named to play against the Canadians. "It was like a coin toss, and we won this coin toss". However, Canada edged past Australia in the dpoubles match.

Djokovic had a break in the first set and two in the second to clinch his 14th straight Davis Cup singles victory.

"This is the most ideal scenario for us", said Novak Djokovic.

"I never experienced such a moment in my career, in my life", Troicki told the media. "They're playing unbelievable tennis, and to clinch the doubles this way, to play so clutch, they wanted it so bad - I'm so proud of them, it's incredible".

Australia play Canada within the first quarter-final in a while Thursday. He also requested medical assistance on his right arm. It was runner-up once since then, in 2013. Sam Querrey and Jack Sock overhauled Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini 6-7 (4) 7-6 (2) 6-4 to seal a 2-1 win and second place in Group F for the United States.

He got injured last night.

"I think in any kind of format that I've ever seen anyone play for their country, they go out there and leave it all out there", he said.