Over the week of 22-27 November, thousands of fans travelled to the Palacio de Deportes Martin Carpena in Malaga for the Davis Cup by Rakuten Final 8: a chance to watch the eight best teams in men's tennis.

And the crowds kept coming: the spectator numbers at the 9,800 capacity stadium never fell below 7,000.

While many came purely to watch top-class tennis and cheer on some of the world's best players as neutral supporters, a significant number came in full fan regalia, with face paint, flags, banners and musical instruments.

A banner in support of the Italian team read 'Us with the voice, you with the heart' summing up the extraordinary relationship Davis Cup fans have with the teams.

In true Davis Cup fashion the atmosphere was loud, it was vibrant and it was full of passion.

Tuesday 22 November: Australia v Netherlands

In the opening match of the Davis Cup by Rakuten Final 8, Australia took on Netherland. Here were two teams with famously vocal fans and they had flocked to the stadium to support their teams.

Crowd: 7,956

Netherlands fans are always colourful

Wednesday 23 November: Croatia v Spain

Any fears that Spain's match against Costa Rica in the FIFA World Cup in Qatar might keep the crowds away were unfounded as a near-capacity crowd sporting the yellow and red of Spain and the red and white of Croatia turned up in fine voice for the second quarter-final.

Crowd: 9,486

Fans of all ages flocked to the Palacio de Deportes Martín Carpena

Thursday 24 November: Italy v United States | Germany v Canada

In a double treat for fans, the last two quarter-finals were played in one day. The morning session brought fans including enthusiastic and vocal schoolchildren as well as supporters with loudspeakers and instruments. The afternoon session once again provided a riot of colour in a packed stadium.

Crowd morning: 8,786
Crowd afternoon: 8,243

Italy fans making some noise

Canada fans showing their support

Friday 25 November: Australia v Croatia

In the first of the semi-finals Australian and Croatian fans returned to the Palacio de Deportes Martin Carpena with passion and spirit. A tight tie including a thrilling doubles between Max Purcell and Jordan Thompson against Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic kept fans in their seats and on their feet into the evening.

Crowd: 8,258

Go Croatia!

Saturday 26 November: Italy v Canada

The second semi-final attracted the biggest crowd so far in the competition and there were few spare seats as the teams fought it out for a place in the final. Ahead of the tie, Matteo Berrettini described himself as the team's "chief fan" but there were plenty of others of both colours bringing the stadium to life.

Crowd: 9,665

Not many spare seats for the semi-final!

Sunday 27 November: Canada v Australia

After a week of high-octane tennis from some of the best players in the world, Canada and Australia reached the final in front of a packed stadium. Once again the fans were out in force in the green and gold of Australia and the red of Canada. As the match looked like it was heading towards a victory for Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassimeafter in two sets, the fans erupted in support of his opponent Alex de Minaur, keen for a third set and more tennis.

Crowd: 9,522

Enjoying the November sunshine in Malaga

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