For just the third time since the competition began in 1900, Canada has made it to the semifinals of the Davis Cup.
Now, they are there again–at the revamped competition in Madrid.
On Thursday, Canada defeated Australia to advance.
The victory over the Australians was Canada’s third of the week, following wins against Italy and the U.S.
Next up is Russia on Saturday.
That the Canadians are this far is due in no small measure to the resurgent Vasek Pospisil, a late replacement for Felix Auger Aliassime, who is sidelined with an ankle injury.
Plagued by injuries since 2014 when he was ranked No. 25 on the ATP computer and won the Wimbledon Men’s Doubles title with American Jack Sock, Pospisil had battled to shake the injuries’ effects and find a return to form.
In August at the U.S. Open in New York, Pospisil did both: appearing to find something he had been missing for quite a while–the ability to find a way to win–when he defeated the ninth-seeded Karen Khachanov of Russia in five very tough sets.
Since then, Pospisil made it to the round of 16 at the Shanghai Masters and won two lower-tier Challenger events.
This week in Madrid, he has not lost a set.
Whatever happened that early evening in New York is hanging around in Pospisil’s soul and psyche.
We’ll see what happens tomorrow.
With files from CP, CBC, RCI, BBC, Sportsnet