Tennis: Nadal gets Davis Cup for Spain
Spain has won its 6th Davis Cup title, and Rafael Nadal to thank for it. The world’s number 1 tennis player defeated Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 7-6(7) to clinch Spain’s 2-0 win against Canada.
Nadal, who is now a four-time Davis Cup titlist, won all eight of his matches this week in Madrid, including five singles victories in which he did not drop a set. The 33-year-old has now won 29 consecutive Davis Cup singles matches, improving his singles record in the event to 29-1.
Nadal took a 2-1 lead in his FedEx ATP Head2Head series with Shapovalov, who defeated him two years ago in Montreal.
But in Nadal’s eyes, the only hero for Spain was grieving teammate Roberto Bautista Agut. He sent Spain on its way to victory by winning the first singles match on Sunday, three days after the death of his father.
Before Nadal defeated Denis Shapovalov to clinch the title – Spain’s first since also winning at home in 2011 – Bautista Agut had given Spain a 1-0 lead by beating Félix Auger-Aliassime 7-6 (3), 6-3.