The sixth title won by Spain in the 2019 Davis Cup Finals contains all the ingredients of a story that goes beyond sport. What Sergi Bruguera's team experienced during that week of competition was of the greatest intensity. From tomorrow, with the premiere of Break Point: A Davis Cup Story, you can discover everything that happened behind the scenes with exclusive testimony from its main characters.
"At that point, the competition moves to a different level" ... says Rafa Nadal. "How can this be happening to us now?" Feliciano López looks firmly into the camera. (...). These are just two phrases that encapsulate the experience of the Spanish team that won the Davis Cup in 2019. "We felt that they were playing for something much bigger than tennis," recalls Frank Dancevic of Roberto Bautista's Sunday match against Felix Auger-Aliassime.
The death of the Spanish number two's father the very week of the competition, on the Saturday of the semi-finals, was the most personal and unquestionably emotional part of everything that happened at the Caja Mágica a year ago.
The week was expected to be intense from Monday with the start of the first clashes; Spain's debut against Russia – on Tuesday – had been demanding. Victory against Croatia had been a little more comfortable and Spain was in the quarter-finals having topped the group. But that Thursday, when they arrived at the Caja Mágica, the team was no longer complete. Bautista had decided to leave after being told of the sudden deteriorating health of his father, who had been living with the aftermath of a serious accident for some time. Bruguera, as captain, was the first to know the whole situation and informed his players of what had happened.
An obstacle course
That was just the beginning of the journey that Break Point: A Davis Cup Story captures. Roberto's absence was compounded by setbacks in the form of unexpected injuries, extremely close scores and exceptionally long days. Nadal experienced one of the most demanding and spectacular weeks of his career, finishing unbeaten in the eight matches he played over just six days. The Mallorcan, then world number one, was strongly affected by what was happening to his partner, and had to dig even deeper.
The team was back together again against Canada on Sunday, and Roberto was in their ranks and ready to help out following his father's death the day before. His dream was to pay tribute to him and he had told Bruguera that he felt fit to play.
Today, we all know the result. Spain beat Canada 2-0 in the final. A sixth title that goes way beyond the sport, and which is already part of the history of a Davis Cup where the greatest tennis players continue to build their legacy.