2019 Davis Cup Finals at The Magic Box(Nov 18-24, 2019)

gogo

Hall of Fame
My English is not advanced but I am going to try to translate:

Nadal: " despite having won 8 of 8 matches, I honestly say the heroe of the tournament was Bautista-Agut and not me"

Bautista: "All the players have made an incredible effort, especially Rafa, going back to sleep so late and playing next day, we are capable of doing this because we are Spaniards". Rafa cries and laughs.
Excellent! And congrats again to Spain for an inspired tournament (even if they beat my Canadians)!!
I loved that RBA came back and played after his father's death. And I love how Rafa has such passion for his country and team.
 

Sparlingo

Hall of Fame
Excellent! And congrats again to Spain for an inspired tournament (even if they beat my Canadians)!!
I loved that RBA came back and played after his father's death. And I love how Rafa has such passion for his country and team.
I agree, congrats to Spain. Any Rafa words for Shapo?
 
It's just horrifying that this event will take place next year in such demented form too.
This format would be ok if the final was played like a regular Davis Cup tie with 2 singles on the first day and the doubles followed by two singles on the second day. The draw could be 8 teams playing best of 3 QFs and SFs and then the two-day best of 5 final.
 

Beacon Hill

Hall of Fame
Before his injury, Felix was struggling with his tennis, and his confidence seemed shaken. Picking him to play this match was a bad idea, and could very likely set him back even further. He might need to go play some Challengers.
 

Max G.

Legend
Hopefully Felix was paying attention to his body, and didn't play if it was risking further injury... it would be such a shame for this final to leave lasting harm. Especially since he had to have known that he would be a big underdog even if he was healthy.
 

jon70

Semi-Pro
This format would be ok if the final was played like a regular Davis Cup tie with 2 singles on the first day and the doubles followed by two singles on the second day. The draw could be 8 teams playing best of 3 QFs and SFs and then the two-day best of 5 final.
If they're sticking to best of three they should play five matches - singles, doubles, reverse - in one session. Brings stamina back into the equation and doubles specialists into the fold.

I've warmed a bit to having the finals in one venue. I haven't warmed to the ATP Cup - it's already absorbed the men's Brisbane tournament and demolished arguably the only non-Slam mixed event of any interest, the Hopman Cup.

Just realised the Sydney International might not happen now either. Let's hope Australia likes team tennis!
 

octobrina10

G.O.A.T.
Spain was crowned Davis Cup champions for the sixth time on Sunday. The players celebarted the victory with the non-playing members of the team, helping the players. (y)



Vamos Rafa! Vamos Spain!
 

octobrina10

G.O.A.T.
Most of those fans were for spain, right? Do we have any official data about no. of fans that attended matches that didn't involve spain.
I haven't seen the data you want.

I repeat what I have written many times. Spanish people enjoyed the Davis Cup in Madrid. I wonder why foreigners living in Spain didn't support their respective national tennis teams that played in Madrid last week. :unsure:
 

octobrina10

G.O.A.T.
what the hell
Reportedly, there are about a million British citizens resident in Spain, but the Great Britain national tennis team struggled to get supporters into the stands.

Wikipedia: ¤¤ The British authorities estimate that the real population of British citizens living in Spain is much higher than Spanish official figures suggest, establishing them at about 1,000,000 and about 800,000 being permanent residents.¤¤

Metro, Sept. 19, 2019: ¤¤ The number of Brits registering as residents in Spain has soared by 10 per cent in the run up to Brexit. There are currently 365,967 expats living as official residents in Spain according to figures from the country’s Interior Ministry – but the number has rocketed in recent months. ¤¤
 

D-Lite

Semi-Pro
Reportedly, there are about a million British citizens resident in Spain, but the Great Britain national tennis team struggled to get supporters into the stands.

Wikipedia: ¤¤ The British authorities estimate that the real population of British citizens living in Spain is much higher than Spanish official figures suggest, establishing them at about 1,000,000 and about 800,000 being permanent residents.¤¤

Metro, Sept. 19, 2019: ¤¤ The number of Brits registering as residents in Spain has soared by 10 per cent in the run up to Brexit. There are currently 365,967 expats living as official residents in Spain according to figures from the country’s Interior Ministry – but the number has rocketed in recent months. ¤¤
I've not looked into figures, but I imagine they're mainly living in the coastal towns and not in Madrid. Add to that that even though many will be somewhat wealthy and there are probably a fair few tennis fans, many will be very casual fans and in turn the travel to attend the ties will probably be another factor holding people back. Add to this that it's the first edition of the tournament in this format, so people really didn't know exactly what to expect and many probably wouldn't have planned it into their year because frankly they may not have had their finger on the pulse with regards to the timeline of the event and what not.
 

D-Lite

Semi-Pro
I haven't seen the data you want.

I repeat what I have written many times. Spanish people enjoyed the Davis Cup in Madrid. I wonder why foreigners living in Spain didn't support their respective national tennis teams that played in Madrid last week. :unsure:
Many probably aren't tennis fans, and add to that many people's lifestyle priorities such as having to take time off work mid-week to attend and they're probably some of the factors.
 

DontBeSalty

New User
Good fight from Shapovalov.

Nadal is the ultimate tennis warrior. Such amazing commitment to a team competition at the end of the season, at 33 years of age. Hats off.
Hey, same goes for Djokovic. He is 32 almost 33 and tried his best as well. Despite ****ty teammates. Unlike a certain money hungry someone who doesn't give 2 ****s about Davis Cup (unless he needs it on his resume).

After this Rafa will fake an injury and skip the Aussie open and take 5 month break and will only come back for the clay season
Just like he did this year....oh wait. He actually didn't and had the best HC performance ? And did MUCH better on HCs than clay ? Oh ok nvm then.

Other than skipping the Asian Swing, withdrawing from his Paris semifinal and exiting from the RR stage at the WTF for the 1,000th time in his career then yeah, it was a great finish to the year for him.
At age 33, with so many injury issues (unlike Fed or Nole) he really should have played the asian swing. What a dumb decision to preserve his body long term /s.
Withdrawing from Paris lol, yeah he was playing great, then decided you know what ? With the way i'm playing, i have a shot here...let's withdraw here 1 match away from the title.
At WTF, he won as many matches as Fed, both 2-1 and one went through other didn't while Nole was 1-2. And the one who didn't go through defeated the guy who did end up beating Federer and won it all. And Rafa was GOATing on serve so much so he didn't face a single BP vs the winner of the WTF and the guy who beat Fed. Notice how I didn't say anything bad about Nole ? Who had a terrific year as well ? I don't understand why a Rafa fan saying Rafa had a good year was enough to trigger you into ****ting on Rafa.

But all of that aside, tell me, who had the best hardcourt stats of all ? Even indoor. Yeah. Thought so.

no worries man,,, if Novak played RAFA today he would have destroyed him
Just like he did ALL the times he's met him before. He would have easily destroyed Rafa serving like USO 10. Just like he did at USO 10. Oh wait.
If if if if....If Nole plays Rafa without having played 7 matches in 4 days like Rafa, yes he would have beat him. But if both were either fresh here, or both played 7 matches in 4 days. Doubtful.
Cause Rafa is serving better, playing better indoors atm. Form is important.His form was getting better and better (at WTF, at Paris, at Davis Cup (he only started declining after the Schwartzman match because of the crazy amounts of matches played back to back to back). If Rafa plays Nole at AO...I'll go with Nole. If it's clay...i'll go with Rafa. Wimby ? I'll go with Nole. USO ? I'll go with Rafa. Indoors ? Any other year Nole of course....but this year ? I'll go with Rafa. Playing some of the best indoors he ever played. The serve is a weapon at last indoors. I would have loved to see the Rafa who demolished Tstitsipas to play Fed with his form and serve. Rafa's biggest issue indoor was always the serve. He got broken so easily because it was just too weak, wasn't winning free points off that. This year it's a totally different story.


Only Nadal fans are allowed to evaluate his season?

oh boy
Everyone is entitled to their opinion. But it's a bit pathetic to talk **** about a players 2nd part of the season (which was the best out of everyone), the hardcourts, especially after your own fav didn't do any better.
It would have been ****ty regardless to say that about a player who won 2 slams, 1 final and 1 SF in all 4 slams but that just comes across as being petty. That would be like me, as a Rafa fan, denying Nole's good season. I mean he won 2 slams alone at 32. If that isn't good what is ? And he didn't duck the Davis Cup...he tried.

so I guess for French open 2020, RAFA to win again ?? I think Thiem can beat him if RAFA plays like this again
Well...Thiem CAN beat Rafa at RG. But your last sentence is laughable. Have you ever played any form of sport ? Rafa played **** against Shapo, who played lights out. Do you understand that Rafa has played what....7 matches in a matter of 3-4 days ? Do you know that he was GASSED in that final ? At 33 years old no less. He even admitted a few seconds after the match was over. The only time Rafa will play like this again if he plays too many matches back to back to back. At 20 something he could do this...but not anymore. If you look at his recent indoor tournaments, or just alll his recent tournaments, he played better and better after each round...match. Until he had to play 2 matches a day. That's where his form dipped immensely. And the final he was done. He was bad. Because he was gassed. His shots had no power....none at all.


At the end of the day what people will remember from this year is the AO 19 final.
I think besides Nole and Rafa's 2 slams a piece....most people will remember the Wimbledon final more than anything else.
Losing against Nole at his backyard is anything but memorable. Beating him...yes.

An the only player to beat Tistsipas at the WTF! ;)
And the way he beat him as well. Even though it went to 3 sets, Rafa really demolished a great playing Tstitsipas. Never faced a BP as well. Just total domination of an already dominant player who went on to win the event. So unfortunate that Rafa didn't go through despite 2-1, I genuinely think he could have won the event.
 
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