Spain captures Davis Cup
For the first time in their history, Spain won the Davis Cup away from their home soil. Propelled by the great play of Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco, Spain upset Argentina in Buenos Aires to capture their third Davis Cup. Spain was without their best player, Rafael Nadal, but it didn’t matter.
Argentina opened up with a win, when David Nalbandian defeated David Ferrer in straight sets on Friday. It looked like things would continue to go their way when Argentina’s best player, Juan Martin Del Potro, won the opening set against Lopez in the second rubber. It wasn’t to be though as Lopez bounced back winning the next three sets and the match, 4-6, 7-6(2), 7-6(4), 6-3. This was a big upset, and proved to the the turning point.
Saturday means doubles in Davis Cup, and once again the Spaniards were too much. Lopez teamed with Verdasco to beat Agustin Calleri and Nalbandian 5-7, 7-5, 7-6(5), 6-3.
So, with Spain up 2-1 Argentina needed to win both rubbers on Sunday to come back and tack the match. They sent out Jose Acasuso to take on Verdasco. In a thrilling five-set match, Verdasco defeated Acasuso 6-3, 6-7(3), 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 to clinch it for Spain.
I think this just shows how deep the Spaniards are. They didn’t have Nadal, Ferrer lost his match, and yet somehow they still won against a very talented Argentine team in Buenos Aires! There are so many talented Spanish players, it is tough to keep up with them all!