Spain clinch sixth Davis Cup title with victory over Canada on home soil
Spain Davis Cup title was sealed by rafael Nadal on home soil in Madrid because 2011 however it was Roberto Bautista Agut who stole the show with an emotional victory 3 days after the death of his dad.
The entire world No 9 thrust his finger skywards after beating Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime 7-6 (3) 6-3 and had been in tears before placing the audience, that stood as one to cheer him.
That set the stage for Nadal, who had won all seven of the previous rubbers this week across doubles and singles, to ensure it was Spain who became the winners of this revamped event, beating Denis Shapovalov 6-3 7-6 (7).
Having played in the initial two twists of Spain in the Caja Magica, Bautista Agut hurried home on Thursday after his dad Joaquin was taken seriously with the federation.
That was presumed to be the conclusion of the championship of Bautista Agut but he supported from the stands and has been brought back in the action for the rubber of their final.
Canada had used two players from creating it to their final, together with Shapovalov and Vasek Pospisil and doubles.
But, Pospisil was running on vacant against Russia from the semi-finals while their two, 19-year-old Auger-Aliassime, was fully recovered from a shoulder injury which had kept him sidelined for 2 months.
It was an stage for the teenager to create his return, particularly given this was his next Davis Cup tie.
He paired Bautista Agut in the opening place till the tie-break, where utilized his experience from the child to lure mistakes.
Not surprisingly, Auger-Aliassime looked rusty, together with his forehand breaking down too frequently and double faults.
Bautista Agut, by contrast, maintained his composure direct the way through to the winning minute, when he was overcome by emotion .
Nadal was in such form that it felt like the rubber was a must-win for Canada, and so it proved.
Shapovalov beat Nadal in his breakthrough championship on home soil in Canada two decades ago but had been below the cosh from the beginning here.
Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, rival and companion of organiser Gerard Pique, was one of the audience to see that the world number one devastating serves and forehands.
Shapovalov played tennis, particularly but it was a fitting way of the entire year as victory was sealed by its very best player on his third match point to finish.
An evening that had started with a concert from the spouse Shakira of Pique ended with Nadal falling to the courtroom and being jumped on by his team-mates as the Caja Magica celebrated to observe Spain Davis Cup success.