'No perfect ending': Spain's emotional Davis Cup triumph

Rafael Nadal has sealed title success for hosts Spain in the inaugural edition of the revamped Davis Cup at La Caja Magica after Roberto Bautista Agut recorded an emotional victory just three days after the death of his father.

Fittingly it was Spain's talisman, world No.1 Nadal, who beat Denis Shapovalov 6-3 7-6 (9-7) to give Spain a sixth Davis Cup title with a win over first-time finalists Canada on Sunday.

'NADAL IS SUPERMAN': Spain legend masterminds 'unforgettable' win

‘NO WORDS’: Canada shocked by never-before-seen feat

Bautista Agut had given Spain a 1-0 lead by beating Felix Auger-Aliassime 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 in the first singles match.

The celebration was especially emotional for world No.9 Bautista Agut, who sent Spain on their way to victory after returning to the team following the death of his father on Thursday.

He pointed his finger to the sky after winning the final point. His father's health deteriorated after an illness that stemmed from a 2016 accident.

The parochial Spanish crowd that packed the La Caja Magica's centre court erupted when Nadal converted his third match point against Shapovalov to bring to end a drama-filled week of tennis.

The top-ranked Nadal capped off a gruelling finals campaign by winning all of his eight matches at the 18-nation competition that debuted a World Cup-style format.

Playing for the fourth successive day, the 33-year-old was surely tired and it began to show as Shapovalov fought to keep Canada alive in their first Davis Cup final.

Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut and Rafael Nadal embrace after winning the 2019 Davis Cup. (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP via Getty Images)

Nadal saved a set point in the second-set tiebreak before claiming his 29th successive Davis Cup singles win.

Tournament organiser and Barcelona soccer star Gerard Pique, his wife Shakira - who performed in the closing ceremony - and Spanish King Felipe VI were among those celebrating Spain's first Davis Cup title since 2011.