Argentina's players pose with the trophy after winning the Davis Cup final in Zagreb.
Argentina's players pose with the trophy after winning the Davis Cup final in Zagreb. Darko Vojinovic

Argentina breaks drought in Davis Cup

TENNIS: Argentina's captain Daniel Orsanic has heaped praise on Juan Martin Del Potro after he played with a broken finger to help his country to its first Davis Cup title against Croatia in Zagreb.

Del Potro and Federico Delbonis both won their reverse singles to take Argentina to a 3-2 come-form-behind win to end their Davis Cup drought after losses in four previous finals.

Del Potro came back from two sets down and played the fifth set of his 6-7 2-6 7-5 6-4 6-3 win over Marin Cilic with a broken finger before Delbonis defeated Ivo Karlovic 6-3 6-4 6-2 in the decisive rubber.

Orsanic, who has Croatian roots, was proud of all his team but singled out Del Potro as the star on the final day.

"What Del Potro did was amazing,” he said.

"He represents his country with so much pride and he also showed how good a player he is.

"His achievement today borders on the impossible, while Federico played a perfect match and was on top of every ball throughout the contest.”

Del Potro has had a remarkable year, winning the silver medal at the Olympics after a lomng spell out with a wrist injury which threatened to end his career.

He explained how he got the broken finger after the match and also said it was a proud moment.

"It happened when I tried to catch a ball in the fifth set,” Del Potro said of the injury.

"This was an emotionally exhausting match and one of the biggest wins of my career.

"Thanks to all those who prevented me from retiring, I was very close to never playing again and, well, here I am.”


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