Grieving Bautista Agut provides Spain lead in Davis Cup ultimate

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MADRID (Information) – Roberto Bautista Agut gave hosts Spain a flying begin within the Davis Cup ultimate in opposition to Canada when he beat Felix Auger-Aliassime 7-6(three) 6-2 on Sunday, the day after the demise of his father.

Tennis – Davis Cup Finals – Closing – Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain – November 24, 2019 Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut celebrates after successful his match in opposition to Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime Information/Susana Vera

The 31-year-old performed in each of Spain’s Group B ties earlier within the week however left the camp for his dwelling city of Castellon on Wednesday night after father Joaquin’s well being deteriorated quickly.

Bautista Agut returned to Madrid and was seen supporting his group mates throughout Saturday’s thrilling semi-final win in opposition to Britain and was named by Sergi Brugera to face Canada.

With a partisan capability crowd inside La Caja Magica roaring his each winner, the world quantity 9 responded with a scientific efficiency, dominating the competition as soon as he had pocketed a tense opener.

When Auger-Aliassime hooked a backhand large on match level Bautista Agut was hugged by Brugera earlier than being embraced by his group mates on the Spanish bench.

Canadian captain Frank Dancevic modified his group for the primary time all week after Vasek Pospisil and Denis Shapovalov had produced heroics to get Canada to their first ultimate.

However the gamble backfired as Auger-Aliassime, who has been out with an ankle harm, failed to provide the form of tennis that has seen him surge up the rankings this yr.

A number of hundred Canadian followers ringing cowbells and blowing horns tried to raise their man however to no avail.

Shapovalov will now must beat Rafael Nadal within the second singles afterward Sunday to maintain Canada alive within the ultimate.

Victory for Nadal, who has received all seven rubbers he has performed this week, will give Spain a sixth title and their first since 2011. Nadal has received his final 28 Davis Cup singles, dropping solely as soon as, in his first tie in 2014.

Reporting by Martyn Herman; modifying by Clare Fallon