Focused Kyrgios gives Aussies 1-0 lead
Nick Kyrgios has beaten Alejandro Gonzalez 6-4 6-4 to give Australia a 1-0 lead in the opening rubber of their Davis Cup tie in Madrid.Kyrgios beat Alejandro Gonzalez 6-4 6-4 with a powerful display against an overmatched but gallant opponent who is ranked 468th in the world rankings.
Guido Pella had defeated Pablo Carreño Busta 6-7 (3), 7-6 (4), 6-1 in the first singles, but Nadal had kept Spain in contention with an easy 6-1, 6-2 win over Diego Schwartzman for his 27th straight Davis Cup singles victory. “It was a must- win match, nothing else mattered,” the top-ranked Nadal said .
Davis Cup final: Rafael Nadal bids to seal Spain win over Canada – live! After going directly to his opponents’ bench to shake hands, Nadal , who has lost only one match in 15 years of Davis “It was very special on the court today,” he said of the reception. “ I just go out on the court and give my best.
Rafael Nadal admitted he gave everything he had left to lead Spain to their sixth Davis Cup success on Sunday after they beat Canada in the final in Madrid.
Nadal's 6-3, 7-6 (9/7) victory over Shapovalov confirmed another triumph for Spain after Roberto Bautista Agut had earlier seen off Felix Auger-Aliassime 7-6 (7/3), 6-3.
All five of Spain's squad played a part over the course of the week but Nadal's colossal effort in front of the home fans at the Caja Magica proved the difference.
Aussies beat Colombia in Davis Cup opener
Nick Kyrgios and Alex de Minaur have helped Australia open up an unassailable 2-0 Davis Cup tie lead in Madrid.Kyrgios and Alex de Minaur cruised to straight-sets victories over Alejandro Gonzalez and Daniel Galan respectively to open up an unassailable 2-0 lead.
For much of this week, Nadal has had to dig Spain out from 0-1 deficits before dragging his team over the line in doubles and he has played It was very special, very special feeling on the court today. I could just go out on the court and give my best. I ’m very happy that I could win the first point for Spain .
“ I have to say the format has been an advantage for us,” Borfiga said . But the biggest advantage in Roberto Bautista Agut, Spain ’ s second singles player, had to withdraw from the team after the Andy Murray, the former world No. 1 who has played many a major match against Nadal , was not picked
The 33-year-old won eight out of eight rubbers, including two in the singles and doubles in a pulsating win over Britain on Saturday and then the decisive match that clinched the title against Shapovalov.
"I played one of the toughest possible opponents at the end of a long and difficult week, physically too because I put into this whole event all the energy that I had inside me," said Nadal.
"Honestly it's the perfect end to the season for all of us. We know how difficult it is to win this and how difficult it will be to win it again. We knew we had to convert this opportunity."
Feliciano Lopez, who played alongside Nadal during Spain's doubles win against Britain's Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski on Saturday, said Nadal had been a "super-hero".
Nadal helps Spain past Russia, Canada stun USA
Spain overcame Russia in their Davis Cup Finals opener as Rafael Nadal claimed a singles win.After Andrey Rublev had edged Roberto Bautista Agut in Madrid, Nadal overcame Karen Khachanov 6-3 7-6 (9-7).
Spain won the 2019 Davis Cup after a 2-0 win over Canada in Madrid on Sunday. It' s the first title since 2011 for Rafael Nadal -led Spain
I have a TV Licence. Watch now. Spain beat Canada 2-0 in Davis Cup final in Madrid. Rafael Nadal beats Denis Shapovalov 6-3 7-6 (9-7) in second singles rubber to seal title. Spain , who beat GB in semis on Saturday, last won the Davis Cup in 2011. It was Canada' s first appearance in the Davis
"There are things you can't describe with words," said Lopez. "The things he produced in doubles yesterday and then today against Shapovalov are things only Rafa can do.
"If you ask me for my opinion, I will tell you he is a super-hero. He can do things none of us can do. He is a great person and an extraordinary tennis player."
At the end of his win, Nadal hoisted up Bautista Agut, who had returned to the team after withdrawing on Thursday due to the death of his father Joaquin.
"It was very difficult," Bautista Agut said. "I took the decision to go home on Thursday morning and I was back yesterday (Saturday) afternoon to support the team.
"I had the opportunity to play today (Sunday) because all the team and all the players and the rest of the team have made an unbelievable effort since the first day. It was an amazing feeling on the court."
- Tennis 'hot' in Canada -
Canada were playing in their first ever final in the 119-year-old competition and with Shapovalov and Auger-Aliassime, aged 20 and 19 respectively, their Davis Cup prospects look strong.
Nadal sparks Spanish comeback, Canada into last eight
Nadal sparks Spanish comeback, Canada into last eightWhile the reaction to Nadal's victory sounded like Spain had won the old trophy for a sixth time it actually just levelled the Group B tie at 1-1.
Nadal had earlier beaten Dan Evans, leaving the tie poised at 1-1 prior to doubles. Rafael Nadal celebrates after powering Spain to Davis Cup final with victory over Great Britain. A spokesman for the International Tennis Federation said that the move was permitted after Carreno-Busta' s leg was
I have a TV Licence. Spain beat Canada 2-0 in Davis Cup final in Madrid. Rafael Nadal beats Denis Shapovalov 6-3 7-6 (9-7) in second singles rubber to seal title. Spain , who beat GB in semis on Saturday, last won the Davis Cup in 2011. It was Canada' s first appearance in the Davis Cup final.
"Tennis is really hot right now in Canada," said Canada's team captain Frank Dancevic. "It's really wonderful to see this young generation is playing so well. We have a really bright future ahead of us."
"The Canadian team are amazing," added Nadal. "Probably they are going to be one of those teams that will be almost unbeatable in the next couple of years."
Nadal: It's been an unforgettable week .
World No 1 Rafael Nadal revealed it's been an "unforgettable" week for Spain after they emerged triumphant on home soil to win the Davis Cup at Madrid's Caja Magica.Spain defeated first-time finalists Canada to become the inaugural champions at the new-look event and lift the trophy for the first time since 2011 and the sixth overall.