Spain clinch sixth Davis Cup title with victory over Canada on home soil
Rafael Nadal sealed Spain Davis Cup title on home soil in Madrid because 2011 but it was Roberto Bautista Agut who stole the show with a psychological victory 3 days after his fathers death.
The entire world No 9 thrust his finger skywards after beating Canadas Felix Auger-Aliassime 7-6 (3) 6-3 and has been in tears before placing the audience, who stood as one to cheer him.
That set the stage for Nadal, whod won all seven of his prior rubbers this week throughout singles and doubles, to ensure it was Spain who became the first winners of this revamped event, beating Denis Shapovalov 6-3 7-6 (7).
Having played at the Caja Magica Spains initial two ties, Bautista Agut rushed after his dad Joaquin was taken critically with all the Spanish federation.
That was supposed to be the end of the championship of Bautista Agut but he encouraged through Saturdays spectacular apocalyptic success over Great Britain from the stands and has been brought back into the action for its opening rubber of this final.
Canada had used two players in creating it for their final, with Shapovalov and Vasek Pospisil performing heroics in singles and doubles.
However, Pospisil was running on vacant against Russia from the semi-finals while his number two, 19-year-old Auger-Aliassime, was fully recovered from an ankle injury which had kept him sidelined for two weeks.
This was an intimidating stage for the teenager to make his return, particularly given that was just his second Davis Cup tie.
He matched Bautista Agut at the opening place until the tie-break, where used his experience to tempt mistakes from the child.
Perhaps Auger-Aliassime seemed rusty, together with his forehand breaking down and double faults peppering his games.
Bautista Agut, by contrast, asserted his composure right the way through the winning instant, when emotion overcame him.
Nadal was in form that is tremendous that is such it felt like the first rubber was a must-win for Canada, and so it proved.
Shapovalov beat Nadal in his breakthrough tournament on home soil in Canada but had been under the cosh from the beginning here.
Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, companion and rival of organiser Gerard Pique, was among the crowd to see the entire number one devastating serves and forehands.
Shapovalov played tennis, particularly in a high rise second set, but it turned out to be a way for the entire year as victory was sealed by its best player in his third match point, to end.
A day which had begun with a concise concert by Piques partner Shakira ended falling to the court and being jumped on with his team-mates since the Caja Magica famous to observe Spains first time Davis Cup victory.