Pospisil leads Canada comeback

Vernon’s Vasek Pospisil helped Team Canada complete an impressive comeback against Ecuador in Americas Group 1 Davis Cup tennis action last weekend in Toronto.

  • Jul. 13, 2011 10:00 a.m.

Vernon’s Vasek Pospisil helped Team Canada complete an impressive comeback against Ecuador in Americas Group 1 Davis Cup tennis action last weekend in Ecuador.

With Canada trailing 2-0 after Friday’s opening singles matches, Pospisil teamed up with Davis Cup veteran Daniel Nestor to take Saturday’s doubles match 3-0 (6-7(4) 4-6 5-7) over Emilio Gomez and Roberto Quiroz.

Pospisil, ranked No. 191 on the ATP World Tour, then grounded Julio-Cesar Campozano in straight sets (6-3, 6-4, 7-5) in singles play Sunday, setting up teammate Philip Bester to complete the comeback with a 6-2, 7-6(4), 6-4 decision over Ivan Endara.

“I’m so happy I was able to bounce back today after that first singles match (four-set loss to Endara Friday) when I really didn’t play well and felt like I let my team down,” the 21-year-old told Tennis Canada.

“Yesterday’s doubles match really calmed me down and I took that momentum into today. I’m proud that I was able to give the team a chance and push it to the deciding match.”

Canada now advances to the World Group playoffs for the first time since 2005.

Pospisil is the only Canadian to be seeded in the $50,000 National Bank Granby Challenger this week in Quebec.