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Live from the Davis Cup: Tsonga defeats Pospisil

Four thousand die-hard Canadian tennis fans packed the Dale Mitchell Arena at UBC to watch Canada’s Vasek Pospisil fall to France’s Jo Wilfred Tsonga in straight sets 6-1, 6-3, 6-3 in the opening match of Canada vs. France Davis Cup play today.

After a dominating 6-1 victory by Tsonga in the opening set, Pospisil showed a little life in the second set – maybe a sign of things to come for the young Canadian team. He held his first two serves, and almost broke Tsonga with a neatly placed forehand drop shot that Tsonga dove to return.

Pospisil battled hard to hold his serve throughout the match, fighting off deuce after deuce, France advantage after France advantage, while Tsonga served 40-0 shutouts like he was Pedro Martinez on the 1931 Yankees.

It was a moral victory of sorts for Canada. At times, Pospisil did not look out of place against the favoured Frenchman. A few less unforced errors and a few more clutch serves would have put Pospisil right in the match.

If Canada has any hope of advancing to the next round, Milos Raonic must win tonight’s match against France’s injury replacement Julian Benneteau, followed by a Nestor and Pospisil victory in doubles play tomorrow. The two wins would put Canada ahead 2-1 going in to the final singles matches on Sunday.

As of writing, Raonic has broken Benneteau's serve twice, and taken the first set 6-2.

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