Playing in front of his home fans in Madrid, Rafael Nadal hasn’t disappointed this week and today he helped Spain reached the Davis Cup final with a 2-1 win over Great Britain.
After Kyle Edmund upended Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 7-6(3), Nadal took the court and thumped Dan Evans 6-4, 6-0.
Then Lopez and Nadal teamed to win the doubles over Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski 7-6, 7-6.
“This competition is dramatic and with this new format even more,” said Nadal who is 7-0 this week. “It was very close, we were not able to have not one break throughout the whole match, I think we played a great match. Feli served amazing and I think in the important moments he did everything well. We are super, super happy, has been an amazing and unforgettable evening for all of us. Just can say thank you very much to Feli, to the rest of the team because without them it is impossible and especially to the crowd that is always amazing here.”
Nadal has now win his last 27 singles matches in Davis Cup and has helped his country to three titles.
Spain will meet the surprising Canadians in the final.
Today, Canada upset Russia 2-1 with Denis Shapovalov starring. The youngster leveled the tie at 1-1 by beating Karen Khachanov 6-4, 6-4, 6-4. He them partnered with Vasek Pospisil to edge Khachanov and Andrey Rublev 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(5).
“Obviously it was a little nerve-wracking trying to serve it out,” Shapovalov said. “But I kept at it, played one point at a time and I was able to convert some break points to get the win.”
While Canada is into their first-ever Davis Cup final, Spain is competing in their 10th, bidding for a 6th title, first since 2012.
“We’re going to try and get a good night’s sleep and rest up tomorrow. We’ve got a huge day, a historic day for us tomorrow, and we’re going to leave it all out there,” Pospisil said.
SUNDAY DAVIS CUP SCHEDULE
Davis Cup final (4pm local time, 3pm GMT)
Centre Court – Canada v Spain
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