The doubles team of Filip Peliwo (Vancouver) and Edward Nguyen (Nepean, Ontario) secured the finals berth with a 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 win after Canada and Great Britain split the two singles matches earlier in the day. Canada will play Japan in the title match after they upset top-seeded France in the semifinal.
“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to bring home the first Junior Davis Cup for Canada,” said captain Jocelyn Robichaud. “This week is a result of great effort from our boys, but also the vision by our organization to build a national training centre and bring in world-class tennis leaders.”
Canada finished first in pool play along with France and entered today’s semifinal with confidence against the fourth-seeded Brits. Canada enters Sunday’s final having never played Japan.
“Our boys have played so well this week,” added Robichaud. “I think Filip can beat anyone in his age category at this moment. The entire team has played with maturity. Having rotated Edward and Samuel (Monette) into the lineup made everyone ready to play. We will savour today’s victory over Great Britain until after our team dinner, and then focus on tomorrow’s final against Japan.”
The final takes place Sunday beginning at 10 a.m. Eastern with the second-seeded players squaring off in singles, followed by the top-seeded singles competitors. If tied, a doubles match will decide the 2010 Junior Davis Cup champion.
Fans can follow Canada’s quest for tennis glory with a live webcast courtesy of the Mexican Tennis Federation on www.LoveMeansNothing.ca.
Junior Davis Cup by BNP Paribas
CANADA (2) defeated GREAT BRITAIN (4) 2-1
Kyle Edmund (GBR) d. Samuel Monette (CAN) 60 61
Filip Peliwo (CAN) d. Luke Bambridge (GBR) 62 62
Filip Peliwo/Edward Nguyen (CAN) d. Kyle Edmund/Evan Hoyt (GBR) 36 75 62
JAPAN (3) defeated FRANCE (1) 2-1
Laurent Lokoli (FRA) d. Kazuma Kawachi (JPN) 75 63
Kaichi Uchida (JPN) d. Mathias Bourgue (FRA) 61 60
Soichiro Moritani/Kazuma Kawachi (JPN) d. Mathias Bourgue/Laurent Lokoli (FRA) 64 62