Roberto Quiroz: For me going to DC was like for religious people going to Mass

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Roberto Quiroz: For me going to DC was like for religious people going to Mass

World No. 295 Roberto Quiroz was delighted to represent Ecuador at the Davis Cup Finals. Quiroz, 29, lost both of his singles matches at the Davis Cup Finals but he was glad with the way he competed. In his opening match at the Davis Cup Finals, Quiroz suffered a 6-3 6-3 loss to Spain's Feliciano Lopez.

In his following match, Quiroz made world No. 5 Andrey Rublev work hard but the Russian escaped with a 6-3 4-6 6-1 win. "The journey [to the Finals] has been 11 years,” Quiroz told the Davis Cup Finals website. “Davis Cup has always been kind of like a religion.

For me, going to a Davis Cup tie, it was like, I don't know, for religious people going to Mass on Sunday. I grew up with that. “I always tell the story, when we played Great Britain in Ecuador. Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski were there.

Me and Emilio were taking pictures with them. We're 10 years old, I believe, or less. And then they ask my uncle for a picture!"

Quiroz will never forget the 2021 Davis Cup Finals

“This journey has been amazing.

Of course, it's far from over. To be here in this position with our rankings, it has a lot of what Davis Cup means to us, you know. We have always had incredible results that people are like, ‘whoa, what's going on?’, but I believe that's because of the union of our team.

“For me and for the team, [to be at the finals] means a lot. It's a memory that we're gonna save forever and hopefully come back to this situation”. The Ecuadorians were huge underdogs against Spain and Russia and even though they lost they competed well.

"I'm very proud,” said Ecuadorian captain Raul Viver. “Not the results we wanted, but the fight, the level of competition, the level that the whole team played was very, very good. We could have won that tie [against Spain]. I can never complain about the fighting spirit of this team”.