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Madrid | Nadal leads Spain to sixth Cup win

Madrid | Nadal leads Spain to sixth Cup win

Rafa Nadal clinched Spain’s sixth Davis Cup title when he beat Denis Shapovalov in Madrid in front of an adoring crowd inside the Caja Magica as he sealed a 2-0 win over Canada in their appearance in the 119-year history of the competition.

I'm incredibly happy to end the year like this, Rafa Nadal

Nadal’s 6-3 7-6(7) win over the young Canadian followed compatriot Roberto Bautista Agut earlier successful 7-6(3) 6-3 win over the 19-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime making his debut in the reformatted event.

“I’m incredibly happy to end the year like this,” Nadal said afterwards.

The 33-year-old had been an unstoppable force in Spain’s previous day’s pounding semi-final against Britain and never looked like letting this opportunity slip, with King Felipe VI watching on, along with Barcelona defender Gerard Pique, the man who instigated the controversial changes via his marketing company Kosmos.

Nadal has been brilliant throughout the week as he capped what has been another incredible year in the life of the Mallorcan world number one.

The Spanish team will also pocket a cheque worth $2.1 million for their efforts.

Nadal won eight out of eight rubbers he played this week and at times on Friday and Saturday, when he stormed to singles and doubles victories against Argentina and Britain respectively, he set a pace his team-mates could hardly copy.

He was on a mission and nothing was going to stop him.

About The Author

Henry Wancke

Henry Wancke is one of the most respected Tennis writers in the UK. Henry is the Editor of both Tennis Threads Magazine and tennisthreads.net. He previously worked as Editor of Tennis World, Serve & Volley as well as Tennis Today magazines and been stringer for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and Press Association. He also co-authored the Ultimate Encyclopaedia of Tennis with John Parsons published by Carlton, and the Federation Cup – the first 32 years, published by the ITF. Currently he is the Secretary of the Lawn Tennis Writers’ Association and Hon Vice President of the Tennis Industry Association UK.

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