Juan Martin Del Potro, Argentina Seek First Davis Cup Title In Croatia This Weekend
by Staff | November 25th, 2016, 12:21 am
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Juan Martin del Potro will try to lead Argentina to history this weekend and become the 15th different country to win the Davis Cup title when his team travels to Zagreb to take on the home standing Croatians on the hard courts.

Argentina has tried and failed four previous times to win the Davis Cup final, losing in recently in 2011 against Spain in Buenos Aires.

Argentina will have the services of del Potro along with Federico Delbonis with Leonardo Mayer and Guido Pella in the doubles.

Croatia, champions in 2005, will counter with Marin Cilic and Ivo Karlovic and in the doubles it’s Ivan Dodig and Franko Skugar who replaced Borna Coric, a late scratch due to knee surgery recovery.

If the 37-year-old Karlovic wins a singles rubber this weekend, he would be the oldest man to win a singles rubber in a Davis Cup Final since Great Britainโ€™s Charles Dixon (aged 39 years 297 days) defeated Australasiaโ€™s Rodney Heath in 1912. He would be the oldest man to play in a singles rubber in a Davis Cup Final since Australian Norman Brookes (aged 43 years 48 days) in 1920.

“Actually I dont know what to make of it. Is it good or is it bad?” said Karlovic of the note. “Maybe it is good, because my career was really long. That’s why I’m still here!”

“I would like to be a little bit younger, but this is life, we all have to get old one day. It’s good that I’m still here.”

Del Potro will open against Ivo in the second Rubber on Friday.

“I’m very, very nervous,” Del Potro said. “We think they are the favourite to win, but we are very proud to be here and we trust in our team.

“It’s going to be a really difficult match for me. Nobody wants to play against a server like Ivo, but this is the Finals, everything can happen, I will try to be very smart on Friday.”

The day will begin with Cilic against Delbonis.

“I was hoping to start the tie,” said Cilic. “Iโ€™m a favorite in that match against Federico but I still know that Federico is a great player. We know what both of us are capable to do. If I can get the win itโ€™s going to be a little bit less pressure on Ivo and a little more pressure on Juan Martin.”

Argentina is a perfect 3-0 against Croatia but 0-4 in Davis Cup finals.

“It destructs you if you think about that,” Orsanic said of their winless record in finals. “All we must do is our best in each of the rubbers, then we will see what the result is.”

DAVIS CUP FINALS SCHEDULE
Friday
R1: Cilic vs. Delbonis
R2: Karlovic vs. Del Potro

Saturday
R3: Dodig/Skugor vs. Pella/Mayer

Sunday
R4: Cilic vs. Del Potro
R5: Karlovic vs. Delbonis


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99 Comments for Juan Martin Del Potro, Argentina Seek First Davis Cup Title In Croatia This Weekend

Willow Says:

IMO Cilic and Delpo will both win their first round singles matches, the Sunday clashes will both be a toss up, but i think Cilic might do it in five, not sure Delpo has the stamina for five sets still, Karlovic takes the other one, his big serving will be the key ….


jalep Says:

Agree Willow – sounds good. Marin should beat Delbonis. Delpo eek… yes, Delpo over Karlovic. Vamos!

Hello, Willow ๐Ÿคฆ this emoji is for how I wake up every day, going on a month now…hope you are good, m’dear.


Willow Says:

Jalep yeah all good, and all the better for seeing you here too, and i got my certificate so im officially qualified now so no going back, as for things in your neck of the woods, i can/well i cant really appreciate how things must feel at the moment, but i send out all my good energy, and hope things will take a turn for the better soon, not really much i can say to make you feel better, other than light, love and goddess blessings dear Jalep XXXX ….


jalep Says:

Thanks, Willow. Some days are worse than others – I’m learning to roll with it; not fully adjusted yet, however. Condition been upgraded to fair.

What does getting your certificate and officially qualified mean in your neck of the woods. (maybe email me on the subject sometime)

You really are a sound and solid tennis picker. Maybe we should just go be bookies.


Willow Says:

Jalep it was my qualification for completing my NVQ Level 3, in Adult and Social care, that that did earlier in the year, all that hard work and studying finally paid off ….


jalep Says:

Well I remember saying congrats to you – didn’t I? I better have :D
But I’m stil in the dark about what a NVQ Level 3 exactly is tho. But never-mind on here; I’m not at all comfortable sharing personal info on this site.


Willow Says:

Jalep yeah you did, quite right about the personal details and privacy thing, and ill e.mail you and enlighten you on what it all means when i have some spare time ….


Margot Says:

Hi Jalep: Yes soooo pleased for Andy :)
Such a s**** year, it’s a tiny bit of good news.


jalep Says:

Hi, yes. It’s nearly like I need a shot of something to post a happy face or an exclamation mark.


jalep Says:

Well it was nice to touch base with you two, Margot and Willow, but at 4 in the morning, I fell back to sleep. Now I see DelBo is heating up slightly and might be making a move. But duty calls. Doesn’t look good for Argentina at the moment but good luck to DelPo.


sinha71 Says:

jalep for myself I find some of your fellow American poetic musicians to be helpful in troubled times. Bob Dylan and Tom Waits to name a couple.

Delbonis is now down a break in the deciding set I see.


Willow Says:

Jalep you too my dear ;-)) ….


Willow Says:

Even steven in the DC so far, with Cilic and Delpo both winning their ties as expected, nothing really invested in either side or this tie, but i think it will go to the Cilic/Delpo match to determine the DC champions ….


lakie Says:

Oh Margot’s getting confused! No NNY here.


Emily Says:

Really pulling for Argentine and Delpo, they have already had some painful losses in Davis Cup, and this would be an amazing end to his comeback year


chrisford1 Says:

Agree with Emily on both counts. Argentina has been RUP 3 times since 2000, and lost some close semis in that period as well. It would be the 1st Cup for Latin America as well.
JMDP??
Another year of glory is either already there or attainable for him. I think he has done enough to already call it a great year. He beat the guy most thought was on his way to a gold medal in the 1st round at the Olympics and Delpo played his other matches hard, got the silver. Beat Andy to knock Britain out of Davis Cup. He beat Stan and Rafa as well this year.


Margot Says:

@ lakie 6.43
Tsk. Tsk. Disingenuous.


Okiegal Says:

@Margot^^^^ …….I love it when someone says tsk….tsk! Lol๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿป๐Ÿป Cheers old girl!


lakie Says:

okie…tsk tsk……reasons for being an anti…sheer hypocrisy claiming values…hope you love the tsk tsk….


Margot Says:

Hi Okiegal! How you doing?
And I don’t love “disingenuous” myself. This old internet is full of snake pits, isn’t it?


Okiegal Says:

@Margot…..I am doing pretty good. I’ve had a nice Thanksgiving. I had friends invite me to their home for dinner the day before Thanksgiving and then cooked for my family on Thursday. Two good meals, which I did not need!My son and I went to our cabin at the farm and deer hunted. That was a little sad for us, Byron did love to go to the farm…..very sad w/o him there too, but life goes on…..

About the ๐Ÿ pits and the internet….you are so right! Your Andy is kickin’ it atm. So happy for him and his fans. Some are saying Rafa and Fed fans have turned into Andy fans just to be against Novak. That is not true for me. I’ve said many times he is my second fave! It’s Andy’s time. Not sure if Rafa and Fed will be contenders anymore or not. I’m confident Novak will be….he’s in a funk right now……not sure what the problem is……but atm Andy is kickin’ butt and takin’ names! I would like to see Rafa and Fed in the picture again! AO right around the corner! A new season on the horizon…….


Okiegal Says:

@Andi Mira… The hot bath woke me up…..I don’t know if I will go to sleep or not…..I’m all buzzed up…..I may have to hit the meds!! Lol


AndyMira Says:

@Okie…Ha ha ha…That’s the price you have to pay when you took a bath in the middle of the night while dreamin’ about Tom Selleck!Ha ha ha..


jalep Says:

Tom Selleck. hahahaha

Okiegal, I wanted to say hello to you. Tough anniversary but you sound good and I hope it’s getting easier.

Also, I have many friends who hold your religious and political views and we get along fine. Maybe it’s impossible to get around some beliefs and feeling on certain subjects but I have great respect for you and know your heart is gold. Cheers, dear Okie.


lakie Says:

Margot nobody loves disingenuous or the snake pits. Why are you then creating them? tsk tsk…. That should soothe darling okie the 21st century version of the “antis” of the 20th century.


jalep Says:

Oh dear, crying for Leo and Delpo arrgh….

Beautiful, Margot. Thanks, and I’ll pass it along. I don’t think NNY even reads here.


lakie Says:

I am rooting for Croatia. I love how Ivo is stepping up and I like his spirit and sense of humor. I do not like Delpo. A little too foul mouthed for my liking. But in a way I am happy he beat Andy at DC. That left Andy free to focus on the WTF and be the year end #1. Otherwise I think with his great dedication and commitment to his country, he would have given up in the marathon against Kei and/or Milos. Sometimes good things come out of bad.


jalep Says:

sinha71 Says:
jalep for myself I find some of your fellow American poetic musicians to be helpful in troubled times. Bob Dylan and Tom Waits to name a couple.
November 25th, 2016 at 11:26 am

Glad you do sinha71. Have you a favorite Dylan or favorite Waits? Did you listen to what I posted somewhere? ๐Ÿ˜ฏ


AndyMira Says:

Yeah J…I offered to rub her back while she took a bath and she scolded me..”You git silly girl,i prefer Tom selleck than you!..


jalep Says:

That is so funny…AM. Hadn’t thought of Tom Selleck in ages!

Cr@p! It could be a loooong match – first match tomorrow: Cilic vs Delpo

Vamos!


AndyMira Says:

Yeah J..Although his ‘never old face’ always appeared in Blue Blood but i’ve never seriously watch that series..Btw..how r u J?Okay?


jalep Says:

AndyMira,
So he’s on Blue Bloods? Was wondering how you knew him. I’ve never seen Blue Bloods. Is it any good? I stopped watching almost everything but Tennis several years ago. True Story. As long as I keep my mind on tennis, I’m fine โ˜บ๐Ÿ‘

Congrats Croatia. Good doubles match win by Ivan Dodig and Marin Cilic. Argentina has one chance tomorrow: he must win in straight sets. Not sure how Delpo will hold up.


jalep Says:

Have to go, AM. Will check back here tomorrow and see what’s up, if anything. ๐Ÿ™‹


AndyMira Says:

J..every female who’s got a red blooded in their veins must know Tom Selleck!My sister crazy about him when i was young..Btw..about Blue Bloods..Yeah,it’s good..if you’re one of the police story fans..you’re gonna love this series..

Agree with you about DelPo..Not sure his chance against Marin..I think Marin has an advantage over him but who knows maybe DelPo will produce one of his magic like he did against Andy in semi a months back?I guess we’ll find out tomorrow..


Okiegal Says:

@Jalep…..don’t ever fail to converse with me…..we can have different political views and still be friends, because we are mature! You nailed it regarding me, Christian views make me conservative. Our choices were not the best this year imo……I couldn’t get past Benghazi and abortion……

Funny you mentioned Dylan! I googled the lyrics to a song of his the other night. He mumbled so I had trouble hearing all of the words…..Positively 4th Street….I have always been a Dylan fan. I like him and Tom almost as much as Rafa…..but not quite!! Lol ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ‚


Willow Says:

Tom Selleck !, nice guy, good actor, quite nice looking, but not really one of my favorites looks wise, a bit too hairy for my liking, dont mind a bit though ….

As for DC, one would have to think the Croation team are favoites now 2/1, all the pressures on the Argentinians who have to win both their singles, a mountain to climb now ….


lakie Says:

Cilic on fire! Hope he wins and wraps up the tie for Croatia.


lakie Says:

I don’t mind people having different views. In fact I welcome it. But cannot stand hypocrites…


Margot Says:

Looks as if Marin is on a mission. Leads JMDP by 2 sets.


Margot Says:

2:1, 3 all now.


jalep Says:

Vamos! Not sure I want to be watching this…


jalep Says:

No. I don’t crush at all on Selleck!

Yesssss, Delpo…very proud of him any time he makes it a good fight. His backhand still makes me cringe.


Willow Says:

No not one of my personal favorites either Jalep ….


Willow Says:

2 Sets a piece, just as i type Argentina lose serve, advantage Croatia ….


Margot Says:

Jmdp fighting back! 2 sets each.


jalep Says:

Okie ๐Ÿ‘Œ
I’m probably not as familiar with Dylan as you! Of course I heard his songs (mostly the 70′s onward and his voice was never a favorite) but I am now and loving him on the mouth hard with his unplugged guitar and his brilliant, prophetic wailing out his 60′s poetry. Anyway, it took me all these year but now I really appreciate him.


jalep Says:

oops not mouth hard ๐Ÿคฆ mouth HARP / harmonica…that’s it.


Willow Says:

Cilic furious, that ball looked out ….


jalep Says:

Delpo is one of my favorites for a long time, Willow. There’s no contest about who I want to win – it’s uncomfortable right now — it’s never as much fun when I’m watching Delpo, Kei, … someone I want to protect. I like Cilic best when he’s losing – well…that might be kinda harsh.


Willow Says:

Jalep yeah i know how much you love Delpo, and i always root against Cilic for personal reasons, as i am doing now, rather than rooting for Delpo, as i have to say hes not really a player i invest much in one way or the other, but i will say this, its a great match, with lots of great shot making, and im not pulling for either team one way or the other, its not very often i can say that i watch a couple of players and be relaxed about the out come, if that makes sense, sorry for rambling ….


jalep Says:

Makes complete sense…totally. Didn’t Croatia win this before? And Argentina hasn’t or something? have to look it up — my stomach is in permanent knots and it’s not that fun, lol :) sheesh


Willow Says:

Delpo breaks, will serve to level the tie, wow what a come back ….


Willow Says:

Yeah Jalep Croatia won it, so it would be amazing to see another team do it ;-) ….


Willow Says:

Yeah sorry Argentina has never won DC, 4 MPs Delpo ….


FedExpress Says:

Delpo you bucking lio

vamos.

Delpo is love and life.

Who should play the fifth rubber for argentina

delbonis or leo?


Willow Says:

All comes down to Karlovic /Delbonis, i would favour Argentina now, i think they have the momentum going into the 5th rubber ….


jalep Says:

YAY!!! the commentator just reminded me that it would be Argentina’s first. But….I really doubt Federico Delbonis can beat super Ivo.


chrisford1 Says:

At his best, JMDP plays heroic tennis. Pure and simple.


jalep Says:

Well I like Guido Pella better than DelBo, but they won’t sub Delbonis.

oh goodness, Delpo crying…


Margot Says:

Wow! Down to the wire! The atmosphere must be fantastic!


Emily Says:

If Argentine manages to win this, it would be a great story, especially after this epic comeback (which I am not able to watch, so I’m just watching the scoreline)


jalep Says:

Hey, I called it on the other blog. Woots to me. I said Delpo in 4 or 5.


sinha71 Says:

Well that was really fantastic match!

What a comeback. One for the books!

Vamos Del Potro! So happy for him after his career struggles.


Giles Says:

Delpo won, now what of Delbo?


Willow Says:

Commies saying this match USO 2009 form from Delpo ….


jalep Says:

http://daviscup.tennis-live-scores.com/scoreboard.html
Nearly five hours! 34 aces for Marin but 79 unforced errors!


Margot Says:

Delbonis doing really well now. Up two sets.
If Croatia lose, I think this will really hurt Marin and, of course, conversely give JMDP a huge boost.


Willow Says:

Argentina closing in ….


Willow Says:

Argentina to serve for the title, Maradona watching ….


Willow Says:

WOW Congrats team Argentina, well done and what a come back ….


Willow Says:

Come out little Jalep and Emily, congrats to you both, great come back from Delpo against Cilic, and Delbonis finishing the job, ENJOY LADIES ;-)) ….


Emily Says:

Pure magic from the whole Argentinian team! Delpo has spent this whole season refusing to give up, especially when playing for his county, and showed that he arguably has the biggest heart in tennis. Delbonis has also been clutch in the Davis Cup, and held his nerve after Delpo gave him the chance to play for the title. I feel for Marin and Ivo, but it seems appropriate that Argentina would win the same year the Cubs did and when Delpo rejoined the team.
It’s ties and finals like this one that make me think the Davis Cup should stick around and should not be played in a neutral location.


jalep Says:

๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท Crazy Dog Pile ๐Ÿ˜„ ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ViYRYOx_h4

Agree Emily. Thanks Willow. Cheers Margot, everybody – phew, nice surprise today! I thought Croatia had it yesterday after the dubs.


Danica Says:

Well done Argentinaaaa!!! Congrats!!

DelPo on his way back to the top of the game.


lakie Says:

I am probably the only person here disappointed that Croatia lost. Cilic should have won his rubber. He has this habit of choking after winning two sets. I can’t stand Del Po. Something fake about him. But he seems to be very popular with almost all fans. So congrats to them.


Wog Boy Says:

I love the atmosphere Argentinians created in Zagreb, that was worth watching almost as tennis itself. I wonder if most of them live in Europe or they flew from Argentina just for this match. They contributed to this win as much as players, good on them.
Checkered fans couldn’t match fiery Argentinians though they outnumbered them:)
Of course, Maradona was the best, I loved him:

https://youtu.be/wwXZwifyOPM


RZ Says:

Very glad for DelPo considering that he had been in a couple of Davis Cup finals before and Argentina had never won. His comeback win set the stage for this victory. And props to Federico Delbonis for closing it out against Karlovic!


AndyMira Says:

Big big congrats for DelPo fans especially Jalep[yoohoo!] and Argentina’s fan in general…Who would have thunk!This is the 2nd time they’ve created magic back to back in their opponents backyard…And they deserved it…I have no idea that they’re also have the magic words “DON’T STOP BELIEVE IN”!!

PS…Commies to all Marin and Croatia’s team fans..Try again guys…


AndyMira Says:

Hope DelPo don’t have in him to use it at AO next year coz i’ve already reserve it for Andy and for Rafa at FO..


Van Persie Says:

WB,

Thank you for posting that link. Nice to see the passionate Maradona supporting his compatriots.


Wog Boy Says:

VP,

My pleasure.

I didn’t intend to watch the match originally. I had to work, extremely busy pre Christmas time, I arrived around 4am home, switched on the TV and foxtel sport, sat on my favorite lounge (love it more than my wife..almost), and there we go, mid fourth set and Delpo is fighting his way back into the match, though extremely tired I couldn’t sleep, but made double short black (plus home made plum brandy) and kept cheering Delpo almost as he is Nole, and enjoying atmosphere Argentinians made. Delpo won and I fell asleep, woke up hour or two later to find out Delbo was two sets up with a break in the third and Argentinian fans (including Maradona) going crazy, Delbo probably played most important match in his life, and he played it absolutely top notch. All together loved it.


Danica Says:

Willow,
Big thanks. I also always root against Cilic, for very, VERY personal reasons.


Wog Boy Says:

It must be “kockasti” reason;)


Van Persie Says:

Me too WB, was busy with celebrating 1 Advent.
Cannot believe how quick this year passed…


Danica Says:

Wog Boy,
It has less to do with “kockasti” per se but more to do with his choice of music, or rather his choice of a performer, when celebrating his USO win. Specially when your family was on a receiving end.


Wog Boy Says:

Danica,

That makes two of us, my grandmother was born few villages away from his village, grew up in Mostar, the rest you know…the only proof today that she and her ancestors existed in that area are cemeteries..and they are about to be bulldozed, if they are not already:(


Wog Boy Says:

VP,

Yes, the Nativity fast (six weeks) started today, I tend to respect it, even if you are not religious person every doctor will agree with six weeks of detox, no food of animal origin, seafood exempt, and this country is blessed with seafood…plus good wine…pig on a spit comes on January the 7th:)


Danica Says:

WB,
you at least have cemeteries to go to. These people, from newborns to elderly, are still somewhere in Herzegovina’s pits.


Wog Boy Says:

Danica,

No, you didn’t understand it, the only one that survived was my grandmother thanks to getting married and moving to Serbia after WW1, the rest of her family disappeared in those pits in 1941 never to be found, she sold everything she had in Mostar after the war and returned nor any of us ever went there, she had nowhere to go nobody to visit, but she made sure nobody of us to forget what happened and who is responsible for that, she was a tough cookie shaped the Herzegovina rocks and hills.


Wog Boy Says:

Danica,

No, you didn’t understand it, the only one that survived was my grandmother thanks to getting married and moving to Serbia after WW1, the rest of her family disappeared in those pits in 1941 never to be found, she sold everything she had in Mostar after the war and returned nor any of us ever went there, she had nowhere to go nobody to visit, but she made sure nobody of us to forget what happened and who is responsible for that, she was a tough cookie shaped the Herzegovina rocks and hills.


Wog Boy Says:

Sorry for double post:(


Van Persie Says:

Am reading now, that Novak will play Doha for sure.

http://novakdjokovic.com/en/tour/


Van Persie Says:

The 2016 season is officially over. Will also take a break from Tennis X.
“Joyeux Nole” and “Murray Christmas” to everybody!


Danica Says:

WB,
Understood now, thanks for sharing. Too many same family stories :(.

VP,
Yes, thank you. From 01/02 – 01/07. A trophy would be a nice Orthodox Christmas gift :).


Danica Says:

VP,
“โ€œJoyeux Noleโ€ and โ€œMurray Christmasโ€ to everybody!”

This is GREAT!!! ;)


Wog Boy Says:

VP, is very witty lady.


Van Persie Says:

Thanks Danica, WB,

Was a pleasure to share the good and less good events for Novak with his fans and even with his “non fans” from this site.
“See you” in 2017! :)


Willow Says:

Lakie i will admit im not that keen on Delpo either, some recent things really have put me off him, and i dont think hes as angelic as people believe, and for personal reasons i dislike Cilic even more, but for posters i really like such as Jalep and Emily i will keep it civilized, but i do appreciate what an amazing player Delpo is, and how good he is for tennis, so i wish him the best, and i didnt really care who won this tie, no investment from me for either side, just wanted to see great tennis, which both sides played their part in, and it was amazing from Argentina in the end as they had never won it before, and i wont forget it was actually Delbonis who won the tie for Argentina ….

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