Rafael Nadal clinches Davis Cup victory for Spain in straight-sets win over Canada’s Denis Shapovalov

Jack Rathborn
The Independent
Nadal celebrates at Caja Magica: EPA
Nadal celebrates at Caja Magica: EPA

Rafael Nadal beat Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 7-6 (7) to earn Spain their sixth Davis Cup title with a win over first-time finalists Canada on Sunday.

Roberto Bautista Agut, who played three days after the death of his father, gave Spain a 1-0 lead by beating Felix Auger-Aliassime 7-6 (3), 6-3 in the first singles match at a packed Caja Magica.

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Nadal saved a set point in the second-set tiebreak before claiming his 29th successive Davis Cup singles win - his eighth win out of eight games in a gruelling week for the veteran.

The Spanish crowd that created a wild atmosphere on centre court erupted when Nadal seized his third match point to win the inaugural Davis Cup Finals with an insurmountable 2-0 lead.

The top-ranked Nadal won all of his eight matches at the revamped competition that debuted a World Cup-style format thought up by Barcelona superstar Gerard Pique.

Nadal is joined by teammates after victory (EPA)
Nadal is joined by teammates after victory (EPA)

Their 2019 triumph adds to previous Davis Cup wins in 2000, 2004, 2008, 2009 and 2011.

It also completes a phenomenal year for Nadal, who won the French Open and the US Open, all of which helped him to end the year as world No 1 ranking.

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