Davis Cup Finals: Rafael Nadal propels Spain into first final since 2012



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Davis Cup Finals: Rafael Nadal propels Spain into first final since 2012

For the first time since 2012, Spain will compete for the Davis Cup title following a thrilling 2-1 victory over Great Britain in front of the home fans at Caja Magica. As always in the last 15 years, world no. 1 Rafael Nadal was there to carry his nation towards another triumph at home, delivering his 30th and 31st consecutive Davis Cup victories in both singles and doubles to send Spain into the title match against Canada on Sunday.

In the first match, Kyle Edmund took down Feliciano Lopez (the other three singles players were unable to play today) 6-3, 7-6 in an hour and 23 minutes, fending off both break points he faced and delivering one break and better tennis in the pivotal moments to seal the deal in straight sets.

The Briton claimed 12 of the first 14 points, breaking in game two with a forehand return winner and serving well throughout the set to clinch it with an ace in game nine. The veteran Lopez played on a high level in set number two, keeping his serve under control and earning two set points on the return at 5-4.

Edmund fended off those with some brave hitting, leveling the score and reaching a tie break that he won 7-3 after a backhand mistake from Feliciano to cross the finish line and move Great Britain closer to the place in the final.

The pressure was on Rafael Nadal who defeated Daniel Evans 6-4, 6-0 in an hour and 25 minutes to keep Spain alive and deliver the 28th straight Davis Cup singles triumph! Dropping only 11 points behind the initial shot, Rafa never faced a break point and waited for a chance on the return patiently, struggling to find the rhythm in Evans' games until game ten when the Briton sprayed a forehand error to hand the opener to the crowd favorite.

Daniel faded from the court in set number two, suffering four straight breaks of serve overall and allowing Nadal to serve a bagel after a break at love in game six, gathering momentum ahead of the deciding doubles rubber.

There, Rafael Nadal and Feliciano Lopez were back on the court again, prevailing against Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski 7-6, 7-6 in grueling two hours and 17 minutes to send Spain into the final. Both teams served above 80% and that was the recipe for 24 straight holds and only four break chances, three of those for the Britons who claimed two points more overall but not those that counted the most.

Nadal and Lopez had to dig deep in the closing stages of the second set, fending off a set point at 5-6 and three more in the tie break before stealing the breaker 10-8 to start a massive celebration in front of the partisan crowd.