Spain PM honors Davis Cup-winning team in ceremony

Spain’s prime minister honored the Davis Cup-winning team in a

ceremony Monday at his official residence.

Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero praised the players for

successfully defending the title after completing a 5-0 victory

over the Czech Republic in the final on Sunday.

Zapatero says the country’s overall sporting success has

coincided with a period of dominance in tennis, adding the team

sets a great example and that no one should underestimate the

magnitude and difficulty of its achievements.

“We have a generation of athletes that is without doubt the

best in the history of Spain,” Zapatero said. “You know how to

win with humility and elegance, you know how to play and fight

during the tough moments and you have shown us how it’s done.”

Second-ranked Rafael Nadal, a four-time French Open champion,

was singled out by Zapatero for special praise.

“You are a magnificent symbol and ambassador. Someone who shows

us how things should be done, how to be a great sportsman and

person,” Zapatero said, before adding that next year he “want to

see you here again.”

Spain has won four Davis Cup finals, 20 consecutive best-of-five

series on clay and 18 straight series at home going back to

1999.