Vernon’s Vasek Pospisil was held out of Sunday’s Davis Cup final in Spain in favour of Montreal’s Felix Auger-Aliassime. Spain beat Canada 2-0 to win the Davis Cup. (Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Vernon’s Vasek Pospisil was held out of Sunday’s Davis Cup final in Spain in favour of Montreal’s Felix Auger-Aliassime. Spain beat Canada 2-0 to win the Davis Cup. (Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Spain wins Davis Cup; Vernon’s Vasek Pospisil held out of singles play

Pospisil, 3-1 in singles heading into Sunday’s final, replaced by Montreal’s Felix Auger-Aliassime

Canada will settle for runner-up in the men’s Davis Cup final.

The hosts Spain, in front of 12,000 adoring fans – infiltrated by a couple of hundred Maple Leaf wearing, flag-waving Canadian supporters – beat Canada 2-0 in Sunday’s finale in Madrid.

READ MORE: Vernon’s Pospisil, Shapovalov defeat Russia in thriller to advance to first Davis Cup final

For the first time all week, Canadian captain Frank Dancevic sat out Vernon’s Vasek Pospisil – 3-1 in individual matches during the week – in favour of world 21st ranked Felix Auger-Aliassime, who hadn’t played all week recovering from an ankle injury.

The Montreal teenager was up against Spanish veteran Roberto Bautista Agut (No. 9), who returned after taking time off due to the death of his father, and scored a 7-6, 6-3 win over Auger-Aliassime.

That left things up to the 15th-ranked Denis Shapovalov to beat world No. 1 Rafael Nadal to force a doubles tie that may have seen Pospisil inserted into the final.

Nadal defeated Shapovalov 6-3, 7-6 to win the Davis Cup trophy.

It was Canada’s first-ever final appearance in the 119-year-old history of the event.

Pospisil – ranked 150th in the ATP World Tour rankings prior to the tournament – helped the historic run by going 5-2 in the preliminary round, quarter- and semi-final in singles and doubles.


@VernonNews
roger@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Bib Patel, Lake Country
PHOTOS: Sunrise paints Okanagan skies

Residents in the Okanagan captured stunning shots of a colourful start to Saturday

Staff and students at Vernon’s Fulton Secondary School were evacuated due to an electrical short that sent one person to hospital Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. (Kerry Hutter photo)
Vernon high school evacuated, one person injured by electrical short

Incident at Clarence Fulton Secondary forced brief evacuation Friday afternoon

It was an opening day filled with blue skies, sun and COVID-19 protocols at Vernon’s SilverStar Mountain Resort Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
VIDEO: Passholders enjoy sunny opening day at Silver Star Mountain

Resort staff say parking reservations, COVID-19 protocols went smoothly Friday, Dec. 4

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
81 new cases of COVID-19 detected in Interior Health Friday

One additional staff member at Kelowna long-term care home tests positive, no new deaths

RCMP. (Phil McLachlan - Capital News)
Two arrested after attack at Vernon home

Police spotted around 43rd Avenue linked to Wednesday assault

A snow moon rises over Mt. Cheam in Chilliwack on Feb. 8, 2020. Friday, Dec. 11, 2020 is Mountain Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Dec. 6 to 12

Mountain Day, Dewey Decimal System Day and Lard Day are all coming up this week

Robert Riley Saunders. (File)
First Nations Leadership Council demands justice for victims of B.C. social worker

Union of BC Indian Chiefs calls actions of Robert Saunders ‘nothing short of complete depravity’

(City of West Kelowna)
Large housing development in Central Okanagan back on the table

Council considering rezoning to accommodate 184 housing units, project hopes for ~933 by completion

Two Canadian petitions are asking to have elected officials removed from office. (Pixabay.com)
COLUMN: Petitions show loss of faith in democratic process

Online petitions from third-party sources have taken aim at elected officials in Canada

Chinook salmon spawning in the Fraser River near Tete Jeune Cache. ((Shane Kalyn photo, property of the Upper Fraser Fisheries Conservation Alliance)
North-Okanagan Shuswap MP petitions government to reform salmon management

Mel Arnold tables petition to allow more angler access to non-threatened Fraser River chinook salmon

Shuswap Cider Company has applied for a licence that would accommodate a cider manufacturing facility, a tasting room and patio/lounge area at Westgate Market in Salmon Arm. (File photo)
Cider manufacturing facilty, tasting room and patio proposed for Salmon Arm

Council asked to raise a virtual glass to a licence for a cidery and amenities in Westgate Mall

Summerland’s cenotaph was originally installed in front of the high school. The old school was located close to the corner of Rosedale Avenue and Jubilee Road. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)
Cenotaph and parks in Summerland honour fallen soldiers

Community memorials pay tribute to those who were killed in military service

Demonstrators, organized by the Public Fishery Alliance, outside the downtown Vancouver offices of Fisheries and Oceans Canada July 6 demand the marking of all hatchery chinook to allow for a sustainable public fishery while wild stocks recover. (Public Fishery Alliance Facebook photo)
Angry B.C. anglers see petition tabled in House of Commons

Salmon fishers demand better access to the healthy stocks in the public fishery

Farmers raise slogans during a protest on a highway at the Delhi-Haryana state border, India, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rejected the diplomatic scolding Canada’s envoy to India received on Friday for his recent comments in support of protesting Indian farmers. Tens of thousands of farmers have descended upon the borders of New Delhi to protest new farming laws that they say will open them to corporate exploitation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Manish Swarup
Trudeau brushes off India’s criticism for standing with farmers in anti-Modi protests

The High Commission of India in Ottawa had no comment when contacted Friday

Most Read