Spain Sweeps Canada For Sixth Davis Cup Title
by Staff | November 24th, 2019, 11:00 pm

Four sets was all that were needed Sunday for Spain to sweep past Canada for the 2019 Davis Cup title. Under the new format, the ties this week were reduced to just three best-of-3 set matches, and in Madrid it was the veteran Spaniards winning both singles to clinch their sixth Davis Cup crown.

Playing with a heavy heart following the recent death of his father, Roberto Bautista Agut defeated Felix Auger-Aliassime 7-6(3), 6-3.

That set the stage for Rafael Nadal to clinch it and he did just that besting Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 7-6(7).

Nadal, who was a perfect 7-0 (5-0 singles, 2-0 doubles) on the week, has now won his last 28 singles matches in Davis Cup play.

“When you finally win the title after all the things that we went through this week, and playing at home, it is something difficult to describe,” Nadal said.

“It’s an amazing feeling, and especially to share this great moment with all the people that supported us during the whole week is just unforgettable, for all the fans. And to share this victory too with the rest of the team, our six – and there is a much bigger team behind the scenes. We can’t thank all of them enough.

“It’s been an unforgettable week for all of us, without a doubt, so I’m super-happy. And, yeah, honestly, it’s one of these weeks that we’ll never forget.”

The victory was extra emotional for Bautista Agut.

“It was very difficult,” Bautista Agut said of his father’s passing. “I was speaking with Sergi about the situation, and I took the decision to go home on Thursday morning, and I was back yesterday afternoon to support the team.

“I drove here from Castellon and I didn´t think about playing. I came to support the team with all my heart. But once we qualified for the final, I started to feel like playing.

“I had the opportunity to play today because all the team and all the players and the rest of the team did an unbelievable effort since the first day. And, well, it was an amazing feeling on the court today.”

“Everyone has participated in the victory, to get the trophy, and all of us have worked very hard during the whole week.”

Spain also won the title in 2000, 2004, 2008, 2009 and 2011. It was Nadal’s fifth crown.

The surprising Canada team was appearing in their first Davis Cup final. And with two young stars, they have a lot to look forward to.

“We’re super proud,” Shapovalov said. “Obviously it sucks, sucks losing in the finals. But I’m super proud of everyone, everyone sitting here, super proud of the people in the background. We’ve put in 120 percent every single day. It’s amazing how far we’ve been able to come.”

Spain, Canada along with semifinalists France and Serbia have all qualified for the 2020 Davis Cup final round next November.

Spain d. Canada 2-0
Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) d. Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) 7-6(3) 6-3
Rafael Nadal (ESP) d. Denis Shapovalov (CAN) 6-3 7-6(7)
Vasek Pospisil/Denis Shapovalov (CAN) v Marcel Granollers/Feliciano Lopez (ESP) not played

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4 Comments for Spain Sweeps Canada For Sixth Davis Cup Title

RZ Says:

Congrats to Spain. Nice way for Rafa to finish off the year.
And well done to Canada with a fantastic showing the Davis Cup. FAA and Shapo were competitive even while being overmatched.

SG1 Says:

Congratz to Spain. A well deserved Davis Cup win and condolences to RBA on the loss of his dad. He played a great match against FAA and set the tone for Spain’s victory. Must have been incredibly difficult to play under those circumstances.

It appears that the format change hasn’t impacted results very much which is good. The best team won which is what you want to see. The Canadian team can hold their collective heads high. They played a great tournament and given what it’s in their talent cupboard, you’d have to think that the next time there’s a Davis Cup on hard courts, they’ll once again be in the mix.

I was thinking about the opening match and wondering if Milos was available, how it may have affected the outcome. Milos would have been a tougher match up for RBA than a rusty FAA. In any case, there’s a lot a great stuff in the future for Canadian tennis. Canada had its first GS win ever in 2019. Hoping to see a bunch more over the next 10 years or so.

Annie Says:

VERY HAPPY FOR SPAIN WINNING DAVIS CUP w/RAFAEL at the helm! Great Job guys! Sound like U had a lot of fun being able to play w/the” Hometown Crowd” behind you! VAMOS SPAIN!!!
After finding out this was not being shown on TC, I did purchase for a pkg for $4.99 2 B able to watch whole thing…but then forgot! Lol!

Andy Mira Says:

Very very glad Rafa won DC…on FAST INDOOR HC,HIGH ALTITUDE,at the end of the season nonetheless…For those who always criticized Rafa …HE CAN PLAY INDOOR HC,he just don’t like it…but HE CAN PLAY & WIN ON INDOOR HC IF HIS KNEE IS HEALTHY…WOOOOHOOO!!…vAMOS RAFA!!

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