Cristian Garin (103°) seemed like the most logical option for the first single player for the Chile and Canada key Davis Cup but Nicolás Massú surprised: he sent on the field Alejandro Tabilo (124°) who failed to defeat Alexis Galarneau (200th) and left the national team at a disadvantage.
After the game, Jano explained where the decision came from, although he downplayed the significance of Gago’s absence. “We can always change. It was a last minute thing, we spoke last night and as a team we decided to let me play. That was it. “Anyone could have entered,” he said.
Garin, who previously had a win over Swede Leo Borg (334th) and a defeat against Italian Matteo Arnaldi (47th), was ineffective on the last day of the group stage. He remained on the bench alongside Gonzalo Lama as Chile lost to Canada.
Although Nicolás Jarry (22nd) defeated Gabriel Diallo and gave the national team hope, the duo Tabilo and Tomás Barrios failed in the doubles against Galarneau and Vasek Pospisil (187th). The deciding game ended 2-1 in Canada’s favor and Chile was effectively eliminated, waiting for a miracle.
How did the key game between Chile and Canada end?
The key game between Chile and Canada in the Davis Cup ended 2-1 in favor of the North Americans. Nicolás Jarry defeated Gabriel Diallo, but Alejandro Tabilo lost to Alexis Galarneau and then in doubles, together with Tomás Barrios, to Galarneau and Vasek Pospisil.
Can Chile qualify for the Davis Cup?
Chile won the series against Sweden (3-0) and lost to Italy (0-3) and Canada (1-2), almost losing all chances of qualifying for the Final 8 of the Davis Cup. Unless Sweden pulls off a miracle against Italy in their last game, the national team will have a repechage in February.