Nadal and Bautista deliver Spain's sixth Davis Cup

The Spanish players celebrate their triumph against Canada.
The Spanish players celebrate their triumph against Canada. / REUTERS
  • The Spanish players beat Canada 2-0 in Sunday's final in the Caja Mágica in Madrid

World number one tennis player Rafael Nadal, along with teammate Robert Bautista won a sixth Davis Cup for Spain on Sunday after beating Canada 2-0.

Spain have become the first team to lift the Salad Bowl trophy after the competition changed to its new format, with one Davis Cup Finals event, played among 18 teams, in one place in one week. The venue this year was the Caja Mágica centre in Madrid.

The final was played on Sunday between host team Spain and Canada. Castellón-born player Robert Bautista was first up, beating Felix Auger-Aliasimme 7-6(3) 6-3.

Nadal then secured the title with a 9-3 7-6(7) victory against Canada's Denis Shapovalov. The Mallorca-born world number one added to an impressive personal track record in the Davis Cup, with 18 consecutive knock-out wins, 29 consecutive single victories and 32 consecutive wins including doubles matches.

The final was as much Bautista's as Nadal's, however, the player returning to the tournament after the death of his father on Friday.

Spain hadn't won the Davis Cup since 2011, when they beat Argentina.