Monday, December 5, 2011

Nadal Leads Spain to Davis Cup Win

In front of a Spanish crowd, Rafael Nadal ends his tennis season on the highest of notes as he led Spain to its 3rd Davis Cup championship in 4 years and 5th Davis Cup trophy overall. He clinched the win by taking out a determined, but outmatched Juan Martin Del Potro who took the King of Clay to a fourth set tiebreak, but no further.

It was always going to be an uphill climb for the four-time finalist Argentina to beat this Spanish team on their beloved clay. They went down 0-2 on the first day when Nadal demolished Juan Monaco and David Ferrer gutted out another heart-breaker for Del Potro in five sets. Argentina kept their hopes alive when David Nalbandian and Eduardo Schwank whooped the listless doubles team of Fernando Verdasco and Feliciano Lopez on the second day. But Nadal stepped up on the final day coming back from losing the first set to win.

This win should set Nadal up nicely for next year after a generally disappointing post-US Open fall season. Lest we forget, Novak Djokovic used his Davis Cup success at the end of last year as the jumping off point for his brilliant 2011. As for Del Potro, it was a tough weekend for him, but he more than held his own against two of Spain's best in his least favored surface. With some rest and time, he will definitely be a force to be reckoned with next year. Speaking of next year, unfortunately, that's just a few weeks away. So much for the tennis off-season!

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