Nadal and Feliciano set course for the sixth Salad Bowl

They win the doubles in a dramatic tie-break and finish the comeback against Britain. This Sunday (16:00, #Vamos), final against Canada.


The salad bowl, placed in a corner of the Magic Box track, looks beautiful and bright. It illuminates with its reflection the enclosure and the immense hug given by Rafa Nadal and Feliciano López after knocking Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski 7-6 (3) and 7-6 (8) in 2h: 17. They buckle 2-1 against Great Britain and bring Spain closer to it. Towards the sixth. Only Canada separates them from touching her this Sunday (4:00 p.m., #Vamos). The amazing Denis Shapovalov and Vasek Pospisil, who alone have been liquidating Italy, the United States, Australia and finally Russia in the doubles to reach their first final.

Once again Nadal had to multiply by two, without gasping, without missing his breath in an exercise of immense generosity that has led him to accumulate seven games in the Davis finals. The afternoon had begun with fright for Spain. Half an hour before the start, Feliciano López learned that he should play against Kyle Edmund in the first game. And he lost to the Briton 6-3 and 7-6 (3) in 1h: 23. Pablo Carreño, in the initial alignment, was injured (contracture in the left leg), although strangely he had been nominated.

At the outset, Feliciano found a break in the second game. And he could not overcome the sleeve in front of the mechanic Edmund, 24 years old and 69th of the world, who arrived with the confidence of having defeated Kukushkin and Kohlschreiber. He didn't play against Holland, because Andy Murray did. The former number one, who at the beginning of the year was able to play his last game in Australia, is still recovering from a terrible hip injury, and lacks bellows.

The Spaniard, with 38 years and 62º, grew as the shock shook, but he did not find fluency. He lacked time. In the second set, the hero of Mar del Plata, had two balls to award it, with 5-4, but the cold Edmund did not flinch and ruled the tiebreaker. Again, Nadal had homework.

And he arrived. He clenched his fist, shouted angrily and summoned the magic in the Box. The magic of another comeback. As in front of Russia and Argentina. The totem of Spain threw the team back to defeat Daniel Evans 6-4 and 6-0 in 1h: 24.

The British, 29 years old and 42nd in the rankings, chose to climb as a shot to the net. Either he connected the volley or ate a passing. Willing to die, but killing. He endured until the tenth game, when he gave a break. If he could not win, at least he wanted to fulfill the mission of wearing down Nadal. But the weight of 19 Grand Slams and an excessive passion ended up unbalancing the scale with a thread (6-0). There are 28 individual victories in a row at Davis.

The auction remained. Sergi Bruguera pulled Feliciano instead of Granollers, who had been Nadal's ally against Croatia and Argentina. He justified it because the Catalan had finished touching his back on Friday, and had been infiltrated in the morning.

It was the second game together in Davis for Nadal and Feliciano, after a distant defeat in 2005 in Italy. It was not going to be easy. Jamie Murray, former number one of the specialty, and Neal Skupski had played 13 tournaments together this year. Andy's brother knows what it is to win two Grand Slams in pairs. And they sold their skin face. They are of those types that move on the net with lateral steps, such as boxing fenders, chasing balls like bullets.

The first set was decided in the tie-break with exhibition. And the second set was played on fire. Spain lifted a set ball with 6-5. And it came to the tiebreaker. Nadal, like a bull, protested Judge Veljovic for not letting him ask for the hawk eye (2-2) of a long Murray ball. The British sought another two to match. But the leader burst them with two balls. The first match for Spain did not enter. And Feliciano secured the second with a great serve. "Thank you!" He told Rafa as he snatched him. “It has been dramatic. This was earned with determination and enthusiasm and involving the public, ”said Rafa. They both did it. Huge With the brightness of the Salad Bowl illuminating them.

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Spain vs. Canada: 24.11.2019 - 16.00. See available tickets



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