Ranked at number thirteen in the world, Milos Raonic lead Canada into the second round of the Davis Cup for the first time ever in the World Group level by defeating Spain’s Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.
He defeated him in three straight sets – 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.
I love to prove people wrong, and many people were saying maybe Davis Cup doesn’t mean a lot to me — and I think I showed that it does,” said Raonic.
“It sucked to hear those kind of things, that kind of doubt, and I guess it was nice to prove people wrong.”
The Davis Cup is the largest international team competition in the sport. This year, 130 nations entered by. It is structured with a 16 nation World Group (which is what Raonic is in) and then the remaining countries are divided into three regional zones.
Out of the of sixteen countries in the World Group, Spain entered the competition ranked at No. 1; Canada was ranked No. 12. Spain, however; didn’t bring their top four players: David Ferrer (Ranked 4th in the world) Rafael Nadal (5th), Nicolas Almagro (11th) and Fernando Verdasco (24th) all stayed home.
The tournament is contested over four weekends throughout the year. The second round of the Davis Cup takes place April 5-9th. The semifinals are September 13-15 and the finals will be held November 15-17th.
“It’s amazing to do everything we’ve done,” said Raonic.