Rafa Nadal says that the part Roberto Bautista Agut played in the stunning triumph for Spain last week was nothing short of inhuman after the world No.9 suffered the loss of his father only to return and support the team.
Bautista Agut pointed his finger to the sky after winning the final point in his match, and was in tears while speaking briefly to the crowd, which chanted his name.
After two thrilling semi-finals decided in tiebreakers of the doubles matches on Saturday, Spain outlasted Britain and Canada upset Russian Federation to play for the title of the new Davis Cup Finals, the World Cup of tennis.
He remained on Canada's bench temporarily while Vancouver's Vasek Pospisil - the Davis Cup veteran on the team at 29 years old - rode a wave of momentum that included upset singles wins over three higher-ranked opponents throughout the week.
"It was an exciting match, nearly dramatic", Nadal said. At the end of the day we had a full team capable of playing high-level tennis and it's a team effort.
"It's been an unforgettable week for all of us, without a doubt, so I'm super happy". Spain won, beating Great Britain in the semi-finals and Canada in the final, and the atmosphere in both ties was excellent. "I think my dad would have told me off if I had stayed at home", said Bautista Agut.
Nadal saved a set point in a tie-break that always seemed to be on the cards and fell to the ground with joy as Shapovalov punched a forehand wide to fire jubilant scenes.
The 31-year-old said he initially had no intention of playing as he hailed the efforts of his team-mates.
Nadal described the tournament as "an unbelievable week in every way", and said: "The vital person has been Roberto Bautista".
OUTSTANDING and emotional performance by the Spanish team.
Canada's Frank Dancevic, left, Denis Shapovalov, centre, and Felix Auger-Aliassime are pictured after losing the Davis Cup final, November 24, 2019.
"But once we qualified for the final, I started feeling like playing".
Pospisil woke up Sunday aware he wasn't going to be hitting the court.
What began with round-robin matches funneled into knockout rounds, with Spain and Canada coming through to compete in the championship.
Canada had not beaten the USA or Australia at a Davis Cup until this tournament.