Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut is looking forward to playing in the Davis Cup Finals so close to his home town, and reveals that the Spanish team will be gathering to watch team-mate Carlos Alcaraz in the final of the US Open on Sunday night.

Bautista Agut, who was a key part of the 2019 Davis Cup winning team, was unable to compete in the 2021 Finals due to injury and with this year’s Group Stage taking place just a short drive from his home town of Castellon de la Plana, the 34-year-old is particularly keen to impress.

“Davis Cup is a very exciting competition and it motivates me a lot,” he said. “Also, playing close to home in Valencia adds an extra motivation to give my best and face this competition in the best way possible.”

An early exit from the US Open might not be seen as the ideal preparation for the Davis Cup Finals, but not so for Bautista Agut. Despite losing 6-4 6-4 6-4 to 23-year-old American JJ Wolf in the first round at Flushing Meadows, the Spanish No. 2 turned a negative into a positive, explaining that it allowed him more time to arrive in good form.

Playing close to home in Valencia adds an extra motivation to give my best and face this competition in the best way possible.

And speaking of the US Open, all eyes will be on the men’s final, which sees a winner-takes-all battle for the world No. 1 ranking and a first Grand Slam title for both Casper Ruud and Carlos Alcaraz.

Like the rest of his home country, Bautista revealed that the Spanish team will be glued to the TV, cheering on their 19-year-old team-mate in his quest to become the youngest world No. 1 in history.

“Of course we are watching the match,” Bautista said. “All the team together. The time is good for us.

“We know what [Alcaraz] is capable of, he has incredible potential, his tennis is incredible. We are definitely not surprised that he is achieving what he's achieving.”

Spain’s first tie in this year’s finals will be on Wednesday against Serbia. Click here for the full schedule

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