Roberto Bautista Agut went through many emotions last week as his father died and then he played on Sunday in the Davis Cup final against Canada. The Spaniard said: "It has been an unforgettable weekend. My father had a very serious accident three-and-a-half years ago and every day I and my mother were sad because we knew he could have died.
I was lucky to have Ana very close to me, she helped me a lot. Everything was very difficult." Recalling when he came back on the team, he added: "When I got the call, I was an hour away from Madrid. I had already decided.
We were eating something and the doctor called Pepe, they told him that they needed me for Sunday. After all the love they gave me, I wanted to surprise them on Saturday afternoon. I did not want to play tennis because I was not in a good mood.
I slept from 2:30 to 9:00 PM, I knew inside myself that I would have played the final, without asking the captain. Bruguera asked me how I am doing and if I wanted to go to court. I trained and I fought for all my life to have the chance to play the Davis Cup Finals.
It was very exciting, I never felt something like this in my life. The Madrid crowd has always been an example." On Rafael Nadal's support, Bautista Agut concluded: "He is a unique person. That's his character, what he gives to the team is very positive and how he lives the competition. I will not forget that he said I will be an example for life."