Conventional wisdom suggests you never break up a winning lineup, but captain Martin Laurendeau had little choice in the matter Thursday, on the day the draw was announced for Canada’s Davis Cup quarter-final tie with visiting Italy.
Frank Dancevic, who won a key point over Spain in Canada’s upset victory over Spain, couldn’t go because of a knee injury which flared up during practice sessions this week. As a result, Jesse Levine was placed on the four-man Canadian team roster and Dancevic’s place in the singles lineup went to Vernon, B.C.’s Vasek Pospisil. Pospisil is currently scheduled to play both singles and doubles, but Laurendeau can switch up his lineup up to an hour before matches begin.
According to Laurendeau, Dancevic was “just too hindered in his movement to be competitive in a best-of-five Davis Cup situation.”
Pospisil will be first on court Friday against Andreas Seppi, a player ranked 110 places higher than him in the ATP rankings (19 to 129). However, Pospisil did beat Seppi in Toronto at the Rogers Cup last summer and is 1-1 against him in his career.
The Italians also had to deal with an injury issue when Simone Bolelli, who was expected to play doubles with Fabio Fognini, had to withdraw because of a wrist injury. Currently, the Italians have nominated Paolo Lorenzi and Daniele Bracciali to play Saturday’s doubles match against Pospisil and Daniel Nestor, but that too is subject to change.