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Spain Davis Cup Team
Spain
Flag of Spain.svg
AssociationRFET
CaptainSergi Bruguera
ITF ranking3 Steady (6 December 2021)
1 (27 September 2004)
ColorsRed & Yellow
First year1921
Years played85
Years in
World Group
34 (46-28)
Davis Cup titles6 (2000, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2019)
Runners-up4 (1965, 1967, 2003,
2012)
Most total winsManuel Santana (92-28)
Most singles winsManuel Santana (69-17)
Most doubles winsManuel Santana (23-11)
Best doubles teamJosé Luis Arilla /
Manuel Santana (15-7)
Most ties playedManuel Santana (46)
Most years playedFeliciano López (15)

The Spain men's national tennis team has represented Spain internationally since 1920. Organised by the Real Federación Española de Tenis (RFET), it is one of the 50 members of International Tennis Federation's European association (Tennis Europe).

Spain has won the Davis Cup six times (2000, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2019), and finished as runner-up four times (1965, 1967, 2003, 2012), which makes it historically one of the most powerful countries in the tennis world.

Spain has competed in the World Group created in 1981, for 32 years. From 1997 to 2014, competed for 18 consecutive years, returning in 2017, after winning the World Group playoffs the previous year.

History

Spain competed in its first Davis Cup in 1921 but didn't reach the final round until 1965, when the team led by Jaime Bartroli lost to Australia. They reached the final again two years later but though they had great players such as Manuel Santana and Manuel Orantes, Spain lost against Roy Emerson and company again.

Spanish fans had to wait 33 years in 2000, to see their team play another Davis Cup final, but this time the Spanish team defeated the Australians in Barcelona with Juan Carlos Ferrero as national hero. But Lleyton Hewitt, who had been defeated by Ferrero three years before, had his revenge very soon, when Spain lost to Australia again in 2003.

The following year, Spain reached the final once again. It was played in Seville and for the first time ever, they didn't have to play against Australia. Their opponents were the United States, and thanks to great performances from Carlos Moyá and an 18-year-old Rafael Nadal, Spain won their second Davis Cup.

Spain reached the final once again in 2008, and they won against Argentina. It was the first time that the Spanish team won the final on foreign soil. Unexpectedly, the Spanish heroes were Fernando Verdasco and Feliciano López, winning one single each and the doubles partnering together. David Ferrer, then World Number 5, lost in straight sets to David Nalbandian in the only match he played in the final; and Nadal, World Number 1, was injured, and he wasn't able to play in Argentina.

After winning the Davis Cup for the third time, Emilio Sánchez stepped down as captain to allow compatriot Albert Costa take his place. In 2009, second-seeded Spain cruised to their seventh Davis Cup final after home victories against Serbia, Germany and Israel, even though Costa struggled to make a team as Rafael Nadal and Fernando Verdasco missed two ties each. Spain played the Czech Republic, which previously eliminated first-seeded Argentina. The final was held in home ground again, where they hadn't lost a tie since 1999. Spain swept the Czechs 5-0 at Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona, behind great performances from David Ferrer and Rafael Nadal to claim their second consecutive title, and the fourth in ten years.

Spain defeated Argentina in the 2011 final, held for the second time in Seville, by a score of 3-1 to claim their fifth title, and the third in four years.[1]

In 2019, Spain won their sixth title (their first since 2011), defeating Canada in the final 2-0. Rafael Nadal was awarded the Davis Cup Most Valuable Player (MVP) trophy, after he won 8 of the 8 matches he participated in.[2]

Davis Cup wins

Edition Rounds/Opponents Results
2000 1R:  Italy QF:  Russia SF:  United States F:  Australia 1R: 4-1 QF: 4-1 SF: 5-0 F: 3-1
2004 1R:  Czech Republic QF:  Netherlands SF:  France F:  United States 1R: 3-2 QF: 4-1 SF: 4-1 F: 3-2
2008 1R:  Peru QF:  Germany SF:  United States F:  Argentina 1R: 5-0 QF: 4-1 SF: 4-1 F: 3-1
2009 1R:  Serbia QF:  Germany SF:  Israel F:  Czech Republic 1R: 4-1 QF: 3-2 SF: 4-1 F: 5-0
2011 1R:  Belgium QF:  United States SF:  France F:  Argentina 1R: 4-1 QF: 3-1 SF: 4-1 F: 3-1
2019 GS:  Russia,  Croatia QF:  Argentina SF:  Great Britain F:  Canada GS: 2-1, 3-0 QF: 2-1 SF: 2-1 F: 2-0

Results

2000s

2010s

2020s

2022 Davis Cup team

All players

References

  1. ^ "Tie Details: Spain defeated Argentina 3-1 in Spain" Davis Cup, 12/04/11, accessed 12/04/11
  2. ^ "Nadal, MVP de la Copa Davis 2019". Retrieved 2019.

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