Published: Wed, November 27, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Davis Cup Final sees Spain reign in Madrid as Nadal claims victory

Davis Cup Final sees Spain reign in Madrid as Nadal claims victory

After a century of Davis Cup finals in which one country travelled to another to play over three days, five rubbers, with all of the matches best-of-five sets, last week everything changed.

"I'm incredibly happy to end the year like this", said Nadal afterwards.

Nadal's 6-3, 7-6 (9/7) victory over Shapovalov confirmed another triumph for Spain after Roberto Bautista Agut had earlier seen off Felix Auger-Aliassime 7-6 (7/3), 6-3.

When Auger-Aliassime hooked a backhand wide on match point Bautista Agut was hugged by Brugera before being embraced by his team mates on the Spanish bench.

The 33-year-old stamped his authority on proceedings as early as the sixth game of the opening set as he ruthlessly broke Shapovalov's serve as a result of relentless pressure.

Bautista Agut returned to Madrid and was seen supporting his team mates during Saturday's thrilling semi-final win against Britain and was named by Sergi Brugera to face Canada.

"Our team is great".

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has insisted that his Davis Cup interests have not caused any problems at the Nou Camp.

"I played one of the toughest possible opponents at the end of a long and hard week, physically too because I put into this whole event all the energy that I had inside me", said Nadal. But the Canadian also made 36 unforced errors to Nadal's 20.

There has also been the undeniable advantage of the home crowd and although Spain's success has delivered a huge boost to the event in its inaugural year, some will argue it might have been fairer to find a new venue in 2020, let alone consider keeping it in Madrid until 2021.

But Sunday felt like an authentic Davis Cup final, even if an appearance from Pique's pop singer wife Shakira added a little more glamour than usual.

The 31-year-old showed incredible character to return for the final and rose to the occasion with the backing of a partisan crowd in Madrid.

Denis Shapovalov and Vasek Pospisil led Canada to their maiden Davis Cup final with victory in a deciding doubles rubber against Russian Federation in Madrid on Saturday.

Nadal got to a third match point and this time Shapovalov could not fight back. "You make a mistake in one singles match and in the doubles anything can happen". It took a tiebreaker to decide the first set and give the metronomic Spaniard a 1-0 lead.

"When you finally win the title after all the things that we went through this week, and playing at home, it is something hard to describe", he said, via the Davis Cup website.

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