Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals

All about Spain: looking for a sixth crown

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

Finalist on two occasions in the 60's (1965 and 1967), both against Australia, winning the title was an unresolved issue for Spanish tennis. And the new century brought with it its most successful period in the competition: after winning for the first time in its history in 2000, four more titles followed (2004, 2008, 2009 and 2011), in addition to the 2003 and 2012 finals.

They will be in the Davis Cup Madrid Finals 2019 not because they are the hosting nation but thanks to reaching the semi-finals the previous year, when they lost to France in Lille 3-2. In the Caja Mágica a tough battle awaits them from their first match in the group stage. Group B, in which they were drawn alongside defending champions Croatia and powerful Russia, is described as the 'group of death'.

To overcome this challenge, they can count on a supportive crowd. Their fans, who will come from all corners of the country, are known for their joy and commitment to the team. They are known for wearing the colours of the 'red' and for their chants, mainly accompanied by drums and trumpets.

The court where the Spanish team will make its debut is named after a tennis legend, Manolo Santana, who holds all the Spanish records in Davis Cup: most total victories (92), in singles (69) and doubles (23). Santana, Manuel Orantes and Sergio Casal are the most committed Spanish players to the competition - they played for 14 years.

Sergi Bruguera will be sitting in the captain's chair, twice champion of Roland Garros (1993-94) and Olympic runner-up in Atlanta'96. In the 90's he played 10 Davis Cup qualifiers, with a record of 12 victories and 11 defeats (11-9 in singles and 1-2 in doubles).

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© Paul Zimmer