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.