Spain beat Canada in the final of the inaugural Davis Cup Finals at Madrid 2019, celebrating the title in front of home fans. In the opener, Roberto Bautista Agut beat Felix Auger-Aliassime 7-6, 6-3 before Rafael Nadal beat Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 7-6 after a thrilling second set to secure the title for his country.
Speaking about this week, Auger-Aliassime said it was an incredible event, with the best players in the world defending the national colors. After his loss, Félix returned to the Canadian team to support Denis. The latter gave everything against Rafa before falling in two sets.
Congratulating the Spaniard, Felix said he appreciated Nadal’s incredible leadership, using him as inspiration. “For Canadian players, the Davis Cup final is the World Cup of tennis. You fight for your country and you always want to give your best.
Bring exciting matches and unique emotions. The tension of the Davis Cup final was very high, with the best players competing. It was also great for the fans. It was amazing to represent my country with my teammates and my friends.
We played well and had the opportunity to beat Spain in the final; it’s one of my best tennis memories. Denis Shapovalov is a complete player; he has no weakness with explosive serves and groundstrokes. He would describe it as cold-blooded.
He’s a matador on the track, he’s not afraid of anyone, not even Rafa in front of 12,000 people in Madrid.
Rafa Nadal has won two Grand Slams this year
In a recent interview with Talento a Bordo, Rafael Nadal spoke about the dominance of the so-called ‘Big-3’ in sport – namely himself, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.
“In tennis there has always been a change of generation. We had big stars who were replaced by others, it’s normal. Maybe in our case what happened, it’s that we have been for many years, but I am convinced that those who arrive will stay and take over,” Nadal said.
“Mental toughness is one of the big things in competition. Anything can be trained and that mental toughness is something that I’ve also been working on with my Uncle Toni since I was a kid. Then, with the development of my career, this work has continued and the competition itself has made it intensify and continue to evolve,” said Nadal. The 22-time Grand Slam champion has revealed he intends to continue being active even in retirement.