After beating Canada in the 2019 Davis Cup Finals, Spain celebrated in front of their home crowd in Madrid. After Roberto Bautista Agut beat Felix Auger-Aliassime 7-6, 6-3 in the opening match, Rafael Nadal won the championship for his country by beating Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 7-6.
Auger-Aliassime recalled that week as a phenomenal event, with the world’s best players defending their respective countries’ colors. Felix went back to the Canadian team after his loss to show his support for Denis. Even though he gave it his all, he still lost in straight sets to Rafa.
Felix gushed about Nadal, saying that he looked up to the Spaniard’s leadership and found him an inspiration. If tennis had a World Cup, it would be the Davis Cup. It’s in your nature to serve your country with all your might.
Matches that are both exciting and emotionally distinct should be brought in. With the best players in the world facing off in the Davis Cup Finals, the stakes were extremely high. The crowd enjoyed it just as much. It was a tremendous honor to compete for my country alongside my pals and teammates.
One of the highlights of my tennis career was when we played well and had a chance to battle against Spain in the final. Denis Shapovalov is an all-around talented tennis player. His serve and groundstrokes are both extremely powerful. Cold-blooded is how he would characterize it.
At the track, he is a true matador, unafraid of anyone, not even Rafa in front of 12,000 fans in Madrid.
This year, Rafa Nadal took home the Grand Slam titles in two different events.
Rafael Nadal recently discussed the dominance of the so-called “Big 3” in tennis in an interview with Talento a Bordo. The “Big 3” consists of Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Roger Federer.
Changes in tennis’s generational makeup are nothing new. It is natural for great stars to be succeeded by others. Maybe what happened to us is that we’ve been around for so long, but Nadal is confident that the newcomers will eventually take over.
Competitive success relies on many factors, one of which is mental toughness. Since I was a kid, I’ve been training with my uncle Toni to get stronger both physically and mentally. After that, “that work continued throughout the development of my career, and the competition itself made it intensify and continue to develop,” Nadal said. In retirement, the 22-time Grand Slam winner plans to keep himself busy.