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Defending champion Alexander Zverev secured the last remaining semi-final spot at the O2, meaning Rafael Nadal is out.The reigning champion prevailed 6-4 7-6 (7-4) to set up a semi-final showdown with Dominic Thiem, while the other last-four clash will see Stefanos Tsitsipas face Roger Federer.
Nadal said: " It ' s the perfect end of the season for all of us. We know how difficult it is to win this trophy and we know how difficult it ' s going to be to keep "We can't thank enough all of them. Everybody here in Madrid, the organisation, everybody. Because it ' s been an unforgettable week for all of us
Nadal hailed an “ unforgettable ” journey in the competition, as he beat Denis Shapovalov in the second rubber of the Davis Cup final. Spain’ s Davis Cup captain Sergi Bruguera added that the team hadn’t gone to bed before 3 am this week , but it was worth it in the end.
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.
The biggest cheers were reserved for Nadal's team-mate Roberto Bautista Agut, who opened the final with a fine win against Felix Auger-Aliassime just three days after the death of his father.
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" It ' s been an unforgettable week for all of us, without a doubt, so I'm super happy. And, honestly, it ' s one of these weeks that we'll never forget." "It was very difficult. I was speaking with [Spain captain] Sergi [Bruguera] about the situation, and I took the decision to go home on Thursday morning, and I
Because it ’ s been an unforgettable week for all of us without a doubt.” Spain pose with the Davis Cup trophy (EPA). Nadal has been in such tremendous form that it felt like the first rubber was a must-win for Canada, and so it proved, although Shapovalov produced an excellent performance
Nadal said: "It's the perfect end of the season for all of us. We know how difficult it is to win this trophy and we know how difficult it's going to be to keep winning in the future.
"We knew that we need to convert this opportunity. And we fought very hard. What Roberto did today is out of this planet, in my opinion.
"It's been amazing, the whole week of course. When you finally win the title after all the things that we went through this week and playing at home, it's something difficult to describe.
"It's an amazing feeling and especially to share this great moment with all the people that supported us during the whole week. And with the rest of the team.
"We can't thank enough all of them. Everybody here in Madrid, the organisation, everybody. Because it's been an unforgettable week for all of us without a doubt."
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 has been unbeatable this week and it was fitting that he clinched the trophy with a 6-3 7-6 (7) victory over Denis Shapovalov. Because it ’ s been an unforgettable week for all of us without a doubt.” Having played in Spain’s first two ties, Bautista Agut rushed home on Thursday after his father
It ’ s been an unforgettable three days, everyone knows I love a team competition. We had great team spirit and it ’ s been one of the nicest weeks we’ve had. Well done Team World for a great fight – I’m already looking forward to next year. Rafael Nadal of Team Europe reacts with Team Europe team
Having played in Spain's first two ties, Bautista Agut rushed home on Thursday after his father Joaquin was taken seriously ill, with the Spanish federation announcing the same evening that he had died.
The world No 9 returned to Madrid on Saturday and supported his team-mates from the stands for their tense semi-final victory over Great Britain.
He produced a remarkably composed performance to defeat Auger-Aliassime but the facade cracked moments later, with the 31-year-old holding his finger to the sky before breaking down in tears as he was cheered by the capacity crowd.
Bautista Agut, whose mother died suddenly last year, said: "It was very difficult. I was speaking with (captain) Sergi (Bruguera) and I took the decision to go home on Thursday morning, and I was back yesterday afternoon to support the team.
"I was trying to do everything. I had the opportunity to play today because all the team and all the players and the rest of the team did an unbelievable effort since the first day. It was an amazing feeling on the court today."
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.
It ’ s been an unforgettable week for all of us, without a doubt,” Team mate Roberto Bautista Agut had got the ball rolling with a win over Felix Auger-Aliassime, after returning to the squad on Saturday following the death of his father. There were emotional scenes after his win and when the title was in
Have been unforgettable moments in this amazing stadium. The crowd was just a joke. However, Nadal has been incredible throughout this week in both singles and doubles and you just knew The Spaniard is well known for his intensity but it ’ s hard to remember him as intense and pumped up from
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