Feliciano López and Roberto Bautista Agut cannot praise Rafael Nadal enough for his role in the Spanish team in the Davis Cup Finals. The Spaniards won the new edition of the country tournament by beating Canada in the final on Sunday.
Unlike many other encounters at the Davis Cup Finals last week, the final battle was already decided after two duels. Bautista-Agut gave Spain the lead by beating Felix Auger-Aliassime in two sets and Nadal then finished by setting aside Denis Shapovalov without losing a set.
For Nadal, it was his seventh win in seven duels at the Davis Cup Finals, giving him a crucial contribution to Spain's sixth title. López, who formed the Spanish team together with Nadal, Bautista-Agut, Pablo Carreno Busta and Marcel Granollers, finds it difficult to express the value of Nadal in words.
"I can tell you he's a superhero, but I don't know if that's an answer to your question," López said at the press conference after the final. "He is capable of doing things that none of us can do. In my eyes, Rafael is a wonderful person and an exceptional tennis player. I have never seen anything like this."
Bautista-Agut complements his teammate. "It is not without reason that Rafa is our MVP (Most Valuable Player, ed.). That last point of him against Shapovalov was great. It gave an incredibly good feeling. It is very special to be part of this team and I must say that this is one of the best weeks of my career. "
Rafael Nadal won all his matches at the Davis Cup Finals. (Photo: Pro Shots)
"We experienced a lot last week"
Spain already finished at the top of the group stage of the Davis Cup Finals and settled with Argentina and Great Britain on the way to the final. Despite the success, it was a turbulent week for the Spanish team, as Bautista-Agut returned home temporarily on Thursday due to the death of his father.
"We have experienced a lot the past week", the 33-year-old Nadal realized. "The father of Roberto who died, Marcel who could not move on Saturday due to back pain and Pablo who got injured in his single game. If you win the title here in front of your own audience in Madrid, that is actually indescribable."
Although most attention is logically drawn to Nadal, the world's number one emphasizes that he could not have done it alone. "What Roberto did in the final is alien to me. I also see few teams where all five players have played at least one game."
"The fact that the whole team contributed to the overall victory makes this title even more special to me. It gives a great feeling, especially because we can celebrate the party with the people who have supported us all week. This is for all of us unforgettable. "