Lopez reward for superhero Nadal after Cup win

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MADRID (Information) – Feliciano Lopez praised an “wonderful” Rafael Nadal after the world primary sealed Spain’s sixth Davis Cup title on Sunday with one other superhuman show at La Caja Magica.

Tennis – Davis Cup Finals – Semi-Last – Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain – November 24, 2019 Spain captain Sergi Bruguera celebrates after Rafael Nadal and Feliciano Lopez received their doubles match towards Britian’s Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski Information/Sergio Perez

Spain captain Sergi Brugera was pressured to juggle his squad all through an intense and grueling week on the inaugural version of the revamped crew competitors.

The 38-year-old Lopez, Roberto Bautista Agut, Marcel Granollers and Pablo Carreno Busta all bought court docket time however world primary Nadal was the rock.

He received all eight of the matches he performed with out dropping his serve. His 6-Three 7-6(7) win over Canada’s Denis Shapovalov clinched a 2-Zero victory within the remaining and took his run of singles wins within the competitors to an unbelievable 29 relationship again to 2004.

His match towards Shapovalov was his seventh match in 4 days and the previous three nights he had performed effectively previous midnight, together with a nerve-jangling doubles decider with Lopez towards Britain in Saturday’s semi-finals.

“I feel particularly Rafa enjoying singles and doubles virtually every single day, he’s been our MVP this week,” Lopez mentioned.

“After all, I wish to give credit score to all of us, however he’s been wonderful what he has achieved.

“There’s issues that solely folks like Rafa can do and for those who ask my opinion I feel he’s a superhero.”

With Spain’s King Felipe amongst the 25,000 crowd on Sunday, Nadal confirmed once more the battle that has taken him to 19 Grand Slam titles, combating off a Shapovalov onslaught within the second set to say Spain’s sixth Davis Cup title.

The Mallorcan was additionally within the profitable groups in 2009 and 2011 however this one marked a brand new chapter within the historic competitors because it was the primary to be performed within the new format with 18 groups battling out over an intense and grueling seven days.

“It’s been wonderful, the entire week after all. Whenever you lastly win the title after all of the issues that we went by I feel this week,” Nadal advised reportrs.

“And enjoying at house is one thing tough to explain. It’s been an unforgettable week for all of us, no doubt,”

Crew mate Roberto Bautista Agut had bought the ball rolling with a win over Felix Auger-Aliassime, after returning to the squad on Saturday following the dying of his father.

There have been emotional scenes after his win and when the title was within the bag and Bautista Agut thanked his crew mates.

“I had the chance to play right now as a result of all of the crew and all of the gamers … did an unbelievable effort because the first day,” he mentioned.

“It was a tremendous feeling on the court docket right now.”

Lopez mentioned the condensed new format, breaking away from the year-long World Group that culminated in a November remaining had been thrilling to be concerned in and the three-rubber ties and best-of-three set matches made it extra unpredictable.

“It’s a really totally different state of affairs to be enjoying,” he mentioned. “I feel this format makes all the things very even.

“But it surely’s very thrilling for the gang however for us it’s extra demanding in all probability. We have been going to mattress very late every single day.”

Reporting by Martyn Herman; modifying by Jane Wardell