MADRID (Information) – Denis Shapovalov stated he was proud to have performed in Canada’s first Davis Cup remaining though it “sucked” to lose after he succumbed to Rafael Nadal in Madrid’s Magic Field on Sunday.
Tennis – Davis Cup Finals – Closing – Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain – November 24, 2019 Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime, Denis Shapovalov and captain Frank Dancevic after shedding the Davis Cup remaining Information/Sergio Perez
The 20-year-old was handed mission unimaginable after workforce mate Felix Auger-Aliassime was crushed by Roberto Bautista Agut and though he pushed the 19-time Grand Slam champion laborious, he went down 6-Three 7-6(7) as Spain sealed their sixth title.
Shapovalov was an ever-present all through the week, successful three of his 5 singles matches and pairing up with Vasek Pospisil to edge a deciding doubles rubber in a thriller in opposition to Russia in Saturday’s semi-finals.
“I really feel like we’ve actually come actually far as a workforce, as a nation. Positively we’re tremendous proud,” fashionable left-hander Shapovalov, who has risen to 15th within the rankings after a late-season surge, instructed reporters.
“Clearly it sucks, sucks shedding within the finals. However I’m tremendous pleased with everybody, everybody sitting right here, tremendous pleased with the individuals within the background.
“We’ve put in 120 p.c each single day. So it’s superb how far we’ve been in a position to come.”
Shapovalov performed outstandingly nicely within the second set as world primary Nadal lastly seemed to be tiring after a marathon shift this week however he couldn’t take the set level that arrived within the tiebreak.
“I felt like I used to be the higher participant many of the video games. We had a number of lengthy video games,” he stated.
Shapovalov and Pospisil had successfully been a “two man workforce” till Canadian captain Frank Dancevic elected to play 19-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime on Sunday as a substitute of 150th-ranked Pospisil who had received three of his 4 singles matches.
It was a chance that didn’t repay as Auger-Aliassime, who has been sidelined by an ankle damage, went down 7-6(Three) 6-2.
“It was my determination to make a substitution. However I’d somewhat not go into particulars with it,” Dancevic stated. “It was my name in the long run. I’ll simply depart it at that.”
Pospisil would possible have performed the doubles rubber however with Spain already 2-Zero up it was to not be.
“I discovered late final night time (that I wasn’t enjoying singles),” he stated. “After all it’s powerful. All people needs to play. It was double powerful clearly that we misplaced it at the moment.
“On the finish of the day, it’s a workforce effort, it’s a workforce determination. You simply should be able to do your half.”
Reporting by Martyn Herman; Enhancing by Christian Radnedge