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“We take some solace in (how close we were), but a win is a win and a loss is a loss. There is some silver lining in what this team has achieved this season,” Courier said. “The Spaniards knew how to win key points in the matches they won.

“They have individual players, great depth and great passion for Davis Cup. It’s not rocket science, if you have great ingredients and you have to blend them together and they do a great job.”

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