MADRID, NETRALNEWS.COM - Rafael Nadal has defeated Denis Shapovalov to take Spain to win the Davis Cup with a 2-0 advantage over Canada in the final match. The final match was played at La Caja Magica, Madrid, on Monday (11/25/2019) early morning Indonesian western time.
Nadal recorded a 6-3 7-6 (9-7) victory over Shapovalov to secure Spain's sixth Davis Cup title, the tournament's official website reported.
In the opening match, Roberto Bautista Agut, who had only just returned to the team after returning home because his father died, defeated Felix Auger-Alissime with a 7-6, (7-3), 6-3 victory.
Nadal, who played for the fourth day in a row, looked tired, and Shapovalov tried to get up to keep Canada in their first Davis Cup final.
But Nadal was able to maximize the set point in the second set tiebreak before securing his 29th consecutive win in the Davis Cup singles category.
"When you have a moment like this, it is difficult to explain it in words, there are so many feelings, so many emotions that you have never felt," said Spanish captain Sergi Bruguera, as reported by BBC.
"It's hard to believe. Imagine Roberto yesterday attended his father's funeral, now he gives everything, mentality, enthusiasm, gives everything to him," added Bruguera.
Davis Cup with a new format featuring 18 teams that play in the event for a week in the Spanish capital, with a round robin phase followed by a knockout phase. In the old system, teams played with a cage-away system throughout the year.
Nadal hasn't lost a single category match in the Davis Cup since 2004, and from the start Shapovalov was certain to meet big obstacles in the deciding match.
Nadal, who won the French Open and US Open this year, dominated the first set before Shapovalov got up and forced a tiebreak in the second set.
The youngster thwarted two match points with consecutive winner strokes, and got a set point, before finally his forehand hit the net.
Nadal fell to the floor before being surrounded by his team-mates. When he then stood up, he hugged Bautista Agut tightly.
"It was an amazing week, a lot of things we went through - Roberto's father died ... A lot of things happened," Nadal said.
"I am very happy. This is an unforgettable moment in this extraordinary stadium. We are very grateful to the audience. The spirit of our team is burning," he concluded.