Raonic wins singles match to upset Spain in Davis Cup
Canada's Milos Raonic, of Toronto, Ont., celebrates after defeating Spain's Albert Ramos during a Davis Cup tennis world group first-round tie singles match in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday February 1, 2013. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
The Canadian Press
Published Sunday, February 3, 2013 1:26PM PST
Last Updated Sunday, February 3, 2013 1:33PM PST
VANCOUVER -- Canada is moving on to the second round of Davis Cup World Group play for the first time after an upset victory over top-ranked Spain.
Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., defeated Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in the opening reverse singles match to lock up the win for Canada.
The victory gave Canada the crucial third win in the best-of-five tie at UBC's Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre.
Canada will play Italy in the quarter-finals in April.
Raonic and Frank Dancevic of Niagara Falls, Ont., won their opening singles matches Friday to give Canada a 2-0 lead.
The Spaniards, who were missing their top stars to injury and rest, won the doubles match Saturday.