2/4/13 2:17 AM | Cheryl Murray
The top-ranked Spanish squad is out of Davis Cup this year, after Milos Raonic and the Canadians took a 3-1 lead after Sunday's first singles rubber.
The official score reads 3-2 for the Canadians, but Milos Raonic and company had the win at 3-1 after Raonic defeated Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 6-4, 6-2. The loss, though considered an upset, is not completely unexpected. Spain didn't have any of its top players front up for the tie, with Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer and Nicolas Almagro all absent.
Raonic, as expected, served well as team anchor, winning both of his rubbers. But it was the Friday performance of Frank Dancevic that propelled the Canadians to the win. The world No. 166 put in a brilliant performance against Marcel Granollers, defeating Spain's top participating player 6-1, 6-2, 6-2.
Canada's win sends them into a second round encounter against Italy, who defeated the Croats this weekend.
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