In an interview with ESPN, United States's Davis Cup team captain Mardy Fish spoke about the inaugural Davis Cup Finals in Madrid. Fish believes there was too much of a difference in terms of attendance between the central court and the secondary courts: "It's a problem that while Spain is playing to 12,500 spectators, and (Novak) Djokovic is out there on the next-door court with maybe 1,500 people watching.
This is Novak Djokovic, maybe the greatest player ever. They (the promoters) have to figure out how they get more butts in the seats because you know what? The players actually care about this", said Fish, who appreciated the new format: "It still felt like the players, from every country, cared about it.
Like in the previous format, you saw guys even in the quarterfinals dropping down on the court like they just won the whole thing. That's still there, the passion of playing for your country, that hasn't been lost."
On how it felt to finish the tie against Italy at 4:04 AM, Fish admitted it was an uncomfortable situation: "We had no idea if we had advanced, or even had a chance to advance after we split the singles with Italy in our second round-robin tie.
So even going back to the hotel at 4:30 in the morning after the tie felt a little off. Did it even matter? Were we still in contention, or were we eliminated? No idea." The United States had a pretty disappointing campaign in Madrid while its neighbouring nation, Canada made all the way to its first Davis Cup final.
Spain won the tie comfortably after Roberto Bautista Agut and Rafael Nadal won both singles rubbers against Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov respectively.