Spain wins Davis Cup, breaking Argentina’s heart

Spain Davis Cup 2011 winner

Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer proved just too strong for opponents in Davis Cup final.

The final match of Davis Cup 2011 ended in another gruelling defeat for Argentina, as their bid to win first Davis Cup title ended on Sunday, with 1-3 loss to Spain, which has established as dominating nation in the competition for over a decade.

Rafael Nadal was once again the hero of the nation, winning two matches, and giving Spanish team the unassailable 3-1 lead on Sunday, with a tough 1-6, 6-4, 6-1, 7-6 (0) win over Juan Martin del Potro. The match lasted 4 hours and 8 minutes, giving the world number two his 20th win in Davis Cup.

The latest victory is the fifth Davis Cup title for Spain since 2000 and its third in four seasons. Rafael Nadal is now holding three wins, in addition to his collection of 10 Grand Slams and a Beijing Olympic title.

Argentina, in contrast, is the only country to have played in four Davis Cup finals and never winning one.

“We have managed to generate good teams, but unfortunately we haven’t been able to win a title yet,” admitted David Nalbandian, who, together with Eduardo Schwank, secured the only point for Argentina, defeating Feliciano Lopes and Fernando Ferdasco in doubles match.

“We came here in great form and trained well knowing how good Spain is, and every player gave his all. We did all we could to win,” said Nalbandian, who played in three Davis Cup finals.

Del Potro left the Olympic Stadium in tears, suffering two tough defeats in three days, having as well wasted 2-1 lead against David Ferrer to lose his opening match in five sets after nearly five hours of play.

Yet, the US Open 2009 Champion seemed to forget about the defeat when he started his match against Nadal on Sunday, winning the first set in dominating style, and breaking Nadal in the first game of the second set. But Nadal, known for his fighting spirit, had no intention to give up, breaking Del Potro serve back.

He later broke again to win the second set and dominated in the third set, getting a comfortable 2-1 lead. But then Del Potro staged a remarkable comeback in the fourth set. It was a set to remember for both players, who struggled to hold serve, with Del Potro failing to serve out for the decisive set, and Nadal loosing the opportunity to finish the match in the 12th game.

The rubber came into a tiebreak where Nadal immediately took control, never looking back, being supported by 23.000 fans.

Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning Davis Cup

Rafael Nadal reacts on winning the match against Juan Martn Del Potro

Juan Martin Del Potro in tears over Davis Cup loss

It was a heart-breaking moment for Argentina with Juan Martin Del Potro in tears over Davis Cup loss

Spanish Armada celebrates Davis Cup win

Spain’s captain Albert Costa, players Marcel Granollers, Fernando Verdasco, Feliciano Lopez, Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer celebrate David Cup win, watched by Spanish King Juan Carlos at La Cartuja Olympic stadium in Sevilla on December 4, 2011.

Rafael Nadal Hero of Spanish Davis Cup

Rafael Nadal holds the Davis Cup trophy, celebrating the win with David Ferrer.

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