Argentina Wins Davis Cup After Improbable Comeback Led By Juan Martin Del Potro
by Staff | November 27th, 2016, 9:32 pm

Argentina completed a thrilling comeback on the final day of the Davis Cup final on Sunday in Croatia, coming back from 1-2 down and winning both final singles matches to claim a first-ever Davis Cup championship.
Marin Cilic and Juan Martin del Potro both won their singles on Day 1 to even the tie at 1-1. On Saturday Cilic and Ivan Dodig defeated Del Potro and Leo Mayer 7-6(2), 7-6(4), 6-3 to give Croatia the advantage, but on Sunday Del Potro beat Cilic from 0-2 sets down, and Federico Delbonis became the unlikely hero by defeating “Dr.” Ivo Karlovic 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in the decider.

It was Argentina’s first Davis Cup title in their fifth final after losing in championships in 1981, 2006, 2008 and 2011.

“It is a great honor to be a team captain to this group of professionals,” Argentina captain Daniel Orsanic told reporters. “What Del Potro did was amazing. He represents his country with so much pride and he also showed how good a player he is. His achievement borders the impossible, while Federico played a perfect match and was on top of every ball throughout the contest.”

Delbonis was happy to close the door on the Croats but said it was a team effort.

“I think we are all very good players, the team captain chose me but anyone on this team is always ready to step up to the challenge,” he said. “This is surely my greatest Davis Cup win for Argentina.”

Del Potro’s improbably comeback in the first singles on Sunday started from 0-2 sets down with a between-the-legs lob winner in the opening game of the third set. At the end of the third set Cilic could not stop the flow of unforced errors that handed Del Potro the set. In the fifth set Del Potro broke in the eighth game after the players traded early breaks, holding serve afterwards to end it.

“I am delighted to have won an important match for my team,” Del Potro told reporters. “I think I played much better in the third set, my forehand got better and so did my baseline shots. I was positive all the time and did not let my head drop after going two sets down. This was an emotionally exhausting match and one of the biggest wins of my career.”

Croatia team captain Zeljko Krajan said his team gave it their all.

“We were one set away from winning the title but we knew Del Potro was capable of staging a comeback,” he said. “He started taking risks when he had nothing left to lose, and that’s when he is most dangerous. Marin, unfortunately, did not serve in the final three sets the way he did in the opening two. We can only congratulate the Argentines and Del Potro for hauling them back into the match, we did all we could but unfortunately it wasn’t enough.”

Del Potro-Cilic Highlights:

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10 Comments for Argentina Wins Davis Cup After Improbable Comeback Led By Juan Martin Del Potro

el_matador Says:

finally..after so many years of suffering..missing nalby today..
unfit,injured..he alwaya gave more than 100% in a dc tie..hope he becomes the captain of the team soon..vamos!

Van Persie Says:

Big Congrats to Argentinian Team and especially to DelPo! Huge comeback for the giant.
Did not see any match and I am sure I missed something :(

Danica Says:

I didn’t get the chance to see any of the DC but heard DelPo – Cilic match was epic with a bit of controversy (DelPo being given time violations). I am quite sure DelPo will be a major threat to Andy and Nole come AO.

Bravo Agentina!

the_mind_reels Says:

@el_matador: Totally agree, and I love the shout-out to Nalbandian. That guy was a real contributor to Argentina’s DC team, and it’s great to see them get the cup this year!

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Its truly incredible what Del Potro has accomplished this year, but he has somehow done it ‘on the side’ of the main storylines (other than being the wrench for Novak’s Olympics).

Next year, we can actually expect to see Del Potro in the thick of things at the very top. I think he could be a bigger threat to Andy and Novak than anyone in 2017, including Stan, Milos, Thiem, Fed and Rafa.

rognadfan Says:

Amazing comeback by Argentina.
Delpo’s 5 set win was truly marvelous.
For some reason, people still seem to underestimate his stamina and physical strength; they keep doubting his ability to hang on through the 5th set.
I hope he comes back stronger in next year. 2017 season already seems very promising for the fans.

Daniel Says:

Nice for DelPo and Argentina (Brazil archenemy;-). Hope he gets the DC syndrome. Djoko and Murray achieve great things after winning DC with their countries, hope DelPo has another great run.

Willow Says:

Nice coincidence that Rafa, Novak, Andy all had great runs after winning the DC, Roger had his before hand, would be funny if Delpo did the same ;-) ….

Truth Says:

Yes. Nalby deserves credit for beating the top players, especially Fed.
Unlike Roddick, he could hold up his Davis Cup team without benefiting from cheating and awful linesjudging.
Hope ‘wussy’ Djoko gets fired up by Del Po.

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