Nishikori: It took a lot of courage for Raonic to pull out

by: Matt Cronin January 31, 2014

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After his Davis Cup victory over Peter Polansky, Japan’s Kei Nishikori says "it took a lot of courage" for top-ranked Canadian Milos Raonic to pull out of the tie with an ankle injury.

"Raonic being out gives us a chance," Nishikori told reporters. "He's ranked higher than me. It took a lot of courage for him to pull out. There's a lot of pressure in the Davis Cup.”

The tie is being played in Tokyo and is currently 1-1 after Canada’s Frank Dancevic defeated Go Soeda. Canada’s No. 2 Vasek Pospisil was forced out of the singles due to a back injury; Canadian reporter Tom Tebbutt writes that he is unlikely to play doubles with Daniel Nestor on Saturday. “It appears Dancevic will partner Daniel Nestor,” says Tebbutt.

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