Shapovalov proud to play in final
– Denis Shapovalov (right) said he was proud to have played in Canada’s first Davis Cup final although it “sucked” to lose after he succumbed to Rafael Nadal in Madrid’s Magic Box on Sunday.
The 20-year-old was handed mission impossible after team mate Felix Auger-Aliassime was beaten by Roberto Bautista Agut and although he pushed the 19time Grand Slam champion hard, he went down 6-3 7-6(7) as Spain sealed their sixth title.
Shapovalov was an ever-present throughout the week, winning three of his five singles matches and pairing up with Vasek Pospisil to edge a deciding doubles rubber in a thriller against Russia in Saturday’s semi-finals.
“I feel like we’ve really come really far as a team, as a nation. Definitely we’re super proud,” stylish left-hander Shapovalov, who has risen to 15th in the rankings after a late-season surge, told reporters.
“Obviously it sucks, sucks losing in the finals. But I’m super proud of everyone, everyone sitting here, super proud of the people in the background.
“We’ve put in 120 percent every single day. So it’s amazing how far we’ve been able to come.”
Shapovalov played outstandingly well in the second set as world No 1 Nadal finally appeared to be tiring after a marathon shift this week but he could not take the set point that arrived in the tiebreak.