The first edition of the Davis Cup Finals took place in Madrid's Caja Magica last November, with 18 nations battling for the most prestigious team title in men's tennis. Carried by the home crowd, Spain clinched the title with a 2-0 victory over Canada in the final, with the young North American squad standing as a fierce rival for any nation in the draw.
Canada took down the USA and Italy in the group stage and prevailed against Australia 2-1 in the quarter-final following the triumph of Denis Shapovalov and Vasek Pospisil in the deciding doubles rubber. Shapovalov and Pospisil had to work hard against Russia in the semis as well, losing the opening singles rubber before delivering two victories to advance into the final, taking down Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev in the deciding set tie break.
Despite a solid effort from young guns, Canada lost both singles in the title tie against the home nation, with Roberto Bautista Agut toppling Felix Auger-Aliassime and world no. 1 Rafael Nadal ousting Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 7-6 to secure the crown for Spain.
Canada will kick off the 2020 edition as the second seed behind Spain, facing Kazakhstan and Sweden in Group B and standing as the favorite to reach the quarters again. Still, the Davis Cup captain Frank Dancevic believes it will tough to win any match at such a strong event, having to prepare the best possible squad to repeat the last year's result and fight for the title again.
"We are looking forward to competing in the Davis Cup Finals for a second consecutive year. Despite being seeded, we know that we have a tough task ahead as all of the teams who are set to compete have strong line-ups.
As we saw last year, any nation can cause an upset because the caliber of play is so high. Our players will be ready to compete and are excited to the challenge that lies ahead," said Frank Dancevic.