Spanish Davis Cup team captain Sergi Bruguera was extremely proud of his team following their exit from the Davis Cup Finals. Spain's chances of defending the Davis Cup Finals title suffered a major blow when Rafael Nadal put an end to his season in August.
A few days before the start of the Davis Cup Finals, Spain lost Roberto Bautista Agut due to an injury. Then the day before their first tie, Spain lost Carlos Alcaraz after a positive COVID-19 test. Pablo Carreno Busta, Feliciano Lopez and Marcel Granollers left it all out on the court but it wasn't enough for Spain to make the quarterfinal.
"We had constant problems in the days leading up to the competition and I cannot be prouder of the way the team reacted," Bruguera said, as revealed on We Love Tennis. "They showed an absolute level of commitment and dedication, I couldn't be more proud of them."
Bruguera's Spain fought extremely hard against Russia
Spain beat Ecuador in their first tie but lost to Spain 2-1 on Sunday. Lopez pulled off a major surprise in the opening rubber as he beat world No. 5 Andrey Rublev.
“Basically, the way Feli was playing in the first set is something, like, normal,” Rublev explained after the loss. “And then the way he started to play in the second and third set, it's something that happens to him not really often.
“Every time he's playing here in Madrid, he's giving his best. He's super focused. He's controlling his emotions. He's giving his best every point. That's what he was doing today, and he was playing amazing.
He deserved to win”. Daniil Medvedev, the 2021 US Open champion, was determined not to allow Spain knock out his side. In the second rubber, Medvedev beat Carreno Busta to force a decisive rubber. In the doubles rubber, Rublev and Karatsev beat Granollers and Lopez to book a quarterfinal ticket for Russia.