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Brits and Canada go to Davis Cup decider

Press Association logoPress Association 5/02/2017 Eleanor Crooks

Vasek Pospisil has repelled a Dan Evans fightback to send Great Britain's Davis Cup tie with Canada into a deciding fifth rubber in Ottawa.

Evans recovered from two sets and a break down to lead in the fourth set but Pospisil delighted the raucous home crowd at the TD Place Arena by pulling off a 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 3-6 7-6 (7-6) victory.

The tie will now come down to a meeting between Kyle Edmund, so disconsolate after his loss to Pospisil on Friday, and 17-year-old rookie Denis Shapovalov.

Stand-in British No.1 Evans went into the clash as the favourite on both form and ranking - 45 to 133 - while Pospisil was publicly wavering about whether to play on Saturday evening because of a knee problem.

But the super-fast court played to his strengths - he served 25 aces and hit 36 forehand winners - and in the end he overpowered his smaller opponent.

"It feels incredible. That was definitely the loudest atmosphere that I've played in ever," Pospisil said.

The result will be a big disappointment for Evans, who came into the tie in the form of his life after reaching the fourth round of the Australian Open.

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