Rafael Nadal steered his country to a Davis Cup title by succeeding to win all his eight matches. Local supporters were rejoicing after this first revamped version of the competition since it is Spain’s first title since 2011.
Nadal secured the Davis Cup victory for Spain over Canada when he defeated the Canadian player Denis Shapovalov in front of a joyful resident crowd in Madrid. Nadal's win of 6-3, 7-6 (7) handed Spain an unbeatable lead of 2-0 as well as their 6th Davis Cup.
Since 2004, Nadal hasn't lost a singles Davis Cup match and it was a tedious gig for the Shapovalov to beat the Spaniard on the tennis court. Nadal kept the twenty-year-old Shapovalov on his toes and won the 1st set. However, Shapovalov bounced back in and secured a 2nd set tiebreaker. The young player saved 2 match points with hectic consecutive wins and created a set point for himself. Nadal finally defeated him with a netted forehand and succumbed.
Nadal plunged to the ground just before his fellow team members could congratulate him. When he eventually stood up, he embraced Bautista Agut tightly as the clapping rang out.
Roberto Bautista Agut was totally overwhelmed when his team won the Davis Cup Finals and cried. Even if it was Nadal's victory that sealed the title, it was Agut's performance so soon after the loss of his father that intensified the emotions. He travelled home after his father became ill and passed on. But he came back to Madrid to encourage his team-mates while they were playing against Great Britain on Saturday during the semi-final. Just after Spain defeated Britain, Agut was recalled for the finals and he claimed victory when he defeated Auger-Aliassime.
According to Nadal, the ultimate hero for Spain was his grief-stricken teammate Roberto Bautista Agut who lead his team to victory by securing the 1st singles match on Sunday, 3 days after his father passed away. Nadal stated that even though he had won 8 matches, but Roberto did something almost superhuman. Nadel explained that even though Roberto lost his father; he left then came back and practised with the team and was ready to play again at a high level. To Nadal, this was something amazing.
According to analysts, Rafael Nadal stood out as the number one player in the Davis Cup Tournament. The Spaniard achieved to produce 8 wins out of 8 matches. Then again, Agut’s attendance, let alone success, was remarkable. As modest as ever, the man played with dignity and strength, only a mere three days since the passing of his father.
Team Spain profited from home advantage, on the other hand, they showed the world and fans that they were the greatest team on the court.
The Davis Cup Tournament is the product of a twenty-five-year-old affiliation between the Kosmos group and the International Tennis Federation. This was the first time that eighteen nations competed in the same location in a single week, as an alternative to head-to-head bouts that used to go on over 4 weekends during the year.