Nadal Leads Spain Into Davis Cup Final Against Surprising Canada
by Staff | November 23rd, 2019, 9:50 pm
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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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10 Comments for Nadal Leads Spain Into Davis Cup Final Against Surprising Canada

Giles Says:

Well done Spain.


Patson Says:

Congrats to Spain. I like this format of Davis Cup — it’s more aligned with the demands of the tour. Speaking of being aligned with times, apparently based on what Pique said here, there are scheduling discussions in order and the inevitable fusion of ATP cup and Davis cup. What does this mean for the scheduling of Laver Cup in 2020 ? Who will take part in that ? When will that happen ? Will Fed be happy about Laver Cup being pushed to the middle of November ? There already are rumors about Fed not being happy with a footballer (i.e., Pique) deciding tennis affairs.

2020 is going to be fun, both in terms of on- and off-court tennis. Happy holidays everyone.

https://www.tennisworldusa.org/tennis/news/Rafael_Nadal/80658/novak-djokovic-and-rafael-nadal-want-one-combined-event-in-september-pique/


Django Says:

Why is fed unhappy with Pique? Does fed think he should be the one running everything?


Patson Says:

The relationship between Pique and Fed seems to have gotten to a bad start when Federer purportedly said this last year as per https://www.foxsportsasia.com/tennis/1146583/gerard-pique-responds-to-roger-federer-s-odd-claim-during-us-open/

“During the 2018 US Open, Roger Federer said that it was ‘odd’ for a player from a different sport to come and interfere with traditions. He was quoted saying, “I have not spoken to Gerard Pique yet, but I admit that it’s a bit odd to see a footballer arrive and meddle in the tennis business. The Davis Cup should not become the Pique Cup.””


Andy Mira Says:

Well….i very much agree with Rog since the 1st time i learned about it last year(i think)I donno why but i still ‘don’t like’ the involvement of Pique in tennis…

It was like…some stranger come into our house & bossing us around to do this & that…heh heh..no wonder Rog is very resentful towards him!…Way to go Rog!


Wog Boy Says:

It is more clear now now why 38 years old entered players council, to protect his (business) interests.
But Nole’s idea has full Nadal (who also entered players council) support for merging DC and ATP cup in new Supercup, Pique and Japanese Rakuten ara all for it with 3 billion dollars to spare same as ITF chief operating officer Kelly Fairweather who is all for it.
It’ll be dogfight.


Wog Boy Says:

AM, at first (two years back) I thought the same, what one footballer has to do with tennis, then I looked at the bigger picture. Do you really have to know how to built the car in order to run successful car company, do you really have to be (former) basketball player in order to own and run successful basketball club, do you have to be (former) footballer in order to own and run successful football club…?
The answer is NO, look around, who owns and runs most successful sport clubs in the world, business people who had nothing to do with those particular sports prior to purchasing them.
Respectfully I will disagree this time with you, as long as what they are doing benefits and popularise tennis they are more than welcome to run it, of course they are looking to make a profit, what kind of idiot would invest billions of his dollars without having his interest in doing so.
Pique and Rakuten were quite open with it, they expect to start to make profits after four years, they bought DC right for the next 20 years me thinks?
That’s not charity, that’s business, charity is next street right;)


Andy Mira Says:

WB…As usual,u’re always right!hahaha…Thanks for your input WB!👍
But,i have to keep ‘disliking’ Pique for the next 20 years coz he robbed me from watching it live & free!…Esp Rafa managed to win it this year….Oh well…life goes on!..hahaha…


Alison Hodge Says:

Happy Holidays tennis- x posters, guys and gals, near and far, now that our beautiful game is closed for another year, hope you all enjoyed it, look forward to plenty more next year , love and hugs xx ….


Alison Hodge Says:

Happy birthday J-Kath is your reading, hope you have an amazing day :-)


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