Canada starts by hitting first Finland in Davis Cup quarterfinals and exploit (1-0) thanks to the success of Milos Raonic about Patrick Kaukovalt in two sets (6-3 and 7-5) in one hour and seven minutes of play.
The inexperience of Patrick Kakovalta, who fought better in the second set but struggled to hang on in the first, ended up losing against returning veteran Milos Raonic, former world number three and 2016 Wimbledon finalist.
Raonic has not played in the Davis Cup since 2018 and that in this edition the opportunity came due to the absence of Denis Shapovalov. “He felt a lot of pressure” on his return to the national team, he acknowledged once he finished a match in which he dominated from serve with several aces, four of them to start the match.
This victory against Kaukovalta puts the current champions in front, while Finland will have to look forward to the next individual match that their student will play. Otto Virtanen (171 in the world) vs. Gabriel Diallo139 in the ranking.
If the score is 1-1, everyone decides on doubles. Right now, the picks for that hypothetical clash are Canada’s Alexis Galarneau and Vasek Pospisil against Finland’s Harri Heliovaara and Patrik Niklas-Salminen.
Source: La Verdad
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