Spain won the Davis Cup tennis tournament on Sunday after beating Canada in the Caja Magica in Madrid.
Pique was present at the revamped Davis Cup in Madrid last week, which Spain went on to win, but the centre back returned to play in Barcelona's 2-1 victory over Leganes at the weekend.
For the momentous occasion, captain Frank Dancevic sent Félix Auger-Aliassime (Montréal, QC) into the mix as Canada's No.2 and appointed Denis Shapovalov (Richmond Hill, ON) for the second battle.
Bautista Agut's win over Auger-Aliassime was particularly poignant, given the world number nine was returning after withdrawing from the team on Thursday, following the death of his father Joaquin.
The Canadian pair then edged out Khachanov and Rublev in a dramatic deciding-set tie-break to set up a final clash against either Britain or hosts Spain on Sunday.
The first set was dominated by the Spanish left-hander.
"It was an exciting match, nearly dramatic, " Nadal said. The two opponents collided for the third time. It was an advantage Nadal wouldn't relinquish as he went on to claim the first set 6-3.
Nadal and Feliciano Lopez defeated Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (8) in the decisive doubles to secure Spain its first final since 2012.
However, Pospisil was virtually running on empty against Russian Federation in the semi-finals while their number two, 19-year-old Auger-Aliassime, was fully recovered from an ankle injury that had kept him sidelined for two months.
"Of course, Frank's decision was a hard one".
"I think especially Rafa playing singles and doubles nearly every day, he's been our MVP this week", Lopez said. For the final, it was a gamble. "But again, we can only control what we can control, and that is Davis Cup". "I think this format makes everything very even". I had opportunities and I did what I had to do. "But at the same time, for the best teams, it makes things unsafe".
The left-handed rising star, who reached his maiden Masters final in Paris earlier this month, saved three successive break points while serving for the match.
With a partisan capacity crowd inside La Caja Magica roaring his every victor, the world number nine responded with a clinical performance, dominating the contest once he had pocketed a tense opener.
He won all eight of the matches he played without dropping his serve. He looked sure to convert the first, on serve, but Shapovalov ripped a forehand pass. I was in most of his service games, and he did a really good job of staying in it.
A place in the final was sealed on a second match point. It was hard, but it's a fun atmosphere. Obviously it sucks, sucks losing in the finals. And, well, me and Rafa and all the team when we - when Rafa won the last point was wonderful.
"For me, what he did was something nearly inhumane".
Having come this far there was no chance Nadal would falter - not with 25,000 Spaniards roaring at every whipped victor. Now, making the finals is incredible. After this result, you're going to see more people talking about it. This move tended to bring better, high quality tennis throughout the week. Both 2013 and this year were special, but making the finals is a whole different thing.
This was Spain's sixth Davis Cup victory. "It's pretty unbelievable to be part of it". They're all kind of the same thing.
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