Sport Spain wins as 'abysmal' Davis Cup slammed

05:20  25 november  2019
05:20  25 november  2019 Source:   wwos.nine.com.au

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The Spanish team was decimated yesterday after Lopez was forced to step in following the tragic death of Roberto Bautista Agut’s father and injuries ruled They will almost certainly rely on their two heroes again as they contest their first ever Davis Cup final. What a breakthrough year this has been for

The Spain Davis Cup team is the men's national tennis team and has represented Spain internationally since 1920. Organised by the Real Federación Española de Tenis (RFET)

a person cutting a cake: Spain claimed the Davis Cup with victory over Canada.© Getty Spain claimed the Davis Cup with victory over Canada. Australia's draw for the 2020 Davis Cup has been revealed, although the revamped format is already under pressure after a lacklustre first year concluded this morning.

More than a century of tradition was cast aside for 2019, with 18 nations taking part in the week-long finals in Spain, after the ITF signed over the management of the tournament to the company run by Spanish soccer star, Gerard Pique.

The event culminated with Spain defeating Canada in the final, to claim the Davis Cup for the sixth time, with Rafael Nadal and Roberto Bautista Agut winning their singles matches to put Spain 2-0 up. But the success of the host nation may have been the only factor that saved the tournament from being a complete disaster.

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Rafael Nadal and Roberto Bautista Agut won their singles matches to give Spain a 2-0 victory over Canada in the Davis Cup final to the delight of the Madrid crowd.

Nadal wins clincher as Spain takes Davis Cup title. Tournament organizer and Barcelona soccer star Gerard Pique, his wife Shakira -- who performed in the closing ceremony -- and Spanish King Felipe VI were among those celebrating Spain 's triumph.

Neutral ties, such as those between Australia and Colombia, drew tiny crowds that didn't do justice to one of sport's oldest competitions, while finishes long after midnight weren't uncommon. The USA-Italy tie ended at 4:04am.

Pique is insisting the new format was a winner, although it appears changes are already on the way.

Nick Kyrgios holding a racket on a court: Nick Kyrgios pulled out of Australia's Davis Cup quarter final.© Getty Nick Kyrgios pulled out of Australia's Davis Cup quarter final.

"The competition is an absolute success," Pique told broadcasters Movistar. "The most important thing is that it has a soul … The players have reactions that they don't even have in the Grand Slams."

"I think this is the base and from there it will grow a lot," added Pique. "Things are going to be retouched, obviously. The issue of the schedules must be retouched. But that's what happens to events when the format is changed."

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Spain could win the Davis Cup for the first time since 2011 if they manage to overcome Canada in what is bound to be another raucous atmosphere in Russell Fuller, BBC tennis correspondent. The British pair won more points overall, and had four set points to take the match into a deciding set, but

The official website of Davis Cup features news, live scores, results, videos and photos from the largest annual team competition in sport.

Rumours are circulating of a switch to September, although the Laver Cup already takes place in that slot, with the US Open occupying the first part of the month.

Controversy has already erupted over the 2020 edition of the Davis Cup, with Serbia and France given wildcards and guaranteed direct passage to the finals, while Australia has been drawn to play Brazil in the qualifying round in March.

Todd Woodbridge, who played on Australia's Davis Cup-winning teams in 1999 and 2003, was scathing in his assessment of the new format.

"The tennis itself has been brilliant, the organisation has been abysmal," Woodbridge said on Sports Sunday.

"Everything from IT issues, to playing matches that finish at 4am.

"And then today the ITF go, 'Well we're going to put in more wild cards.'

"They've given wildcards this week, for 12 months' time. You've got to ask the question, how can you do that?

Aussies beat Colombia in Davis Cup opener

  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.

Their recent Davis Cup success has been driven by the strength of Andy Murray at the peak of his career. He responded by slamming down a serve to level the tiebreak, but a brilliant volley from Skupski Spain ’s Rafael Nadal, left, and his partner Feliciano Lopez celebrate winning a point.

Hosts Spain beat Canada in the Davis Cup final in Madrid - listen to BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra commentary and follow live text updates. 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.

"It looks like they're guaranteeing Novak Djokovic a spot for next year… 'We want you back so we're going to guarantee you can be there, you don't have to play the qualifying match earlier in the year'.

"And then France have also been put in, so you've got to ask the question, the President of the ITF is also French and I'm sure he's had a big influence in that discussion.

"They've got so many things to fix if it's going to be a success next year.

"And the biggest issue was crowd. We (Australia) played our first match with about 400 people watching, and that's a great disappointment."

a man is swinging a racket at a ball: Rafael Nadal helped Spain to victory.© Getty Rafael Nadal helped Spain to victory.

The new format was also met with disdain from world No.7 Alex Zverev, who said the tournament had lost its appeal.

"I don't think the format is Davis Cup anymore," Zverev said.

"I think Davis Cup is the most historic event that we have in tennis, which is over 100 years old, and Davis Cup is the home-and-away ties.

"I hope people realise that Davis Cup is more than just money and all that like they are offering us now. It's history, and it's tennis history. It's more than just what's on the table for the players now."

Nadal helps Spain past Russia, Canada stun USA

  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).

Nadal won all his matches, leading Spain to its sixth Davis Cup title after a 2-0 win over first-time finalist Canada on Sunday. But in Nadal’s “I’ve won the eight matches but the person who was vital in this Davis Cup was Roberto,” Nadal said. “For me, what he did was something almost inhumane.

Canada reached its first Davis Cup final by beating Russia 2-1 on Saturday. The first-time finalists will face host Spain on Sunday after Rafael Nadal won his The three-time Grand Slam champion won his opening singles but said he was not in his best shape. Little separated the teams in the doubles on

Pique has already suggested a merger between the Davis Cup and the new ATP Cup, which will take place in Australia in January.

"I have always said our idea is to open the door with the ATP to arrive at a deal," Pique said.

"I think that this is the logical step for the future."

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I had nothing left to give, says Nadal after Spain win Davis Cup .
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. 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.

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