Ar­gentina wins its 1st Davis Cup ti­tle

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Ar­gentina won its first Davis Cup ti­tle when Fed­erico Del­bo­nis swept past Ivo Karlovic in straight sets to com­plete a stun­ning 3-2 come­back win over Croa­tia.

Del­bo­nis dropped to the ground af­ter his 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 vic­tory. His team­mates fell into each other’s arms and cel­e­brated in front of thou­sands of Ar­gen­tine fans in the packed Arena Zagreb.

Play­ers danced around the huge Davis Cup tro­phy and fans, in­clud­ing soc­cer great Diego Maradona, chanted and waved Ar­gen­tinian flags.

This was the first Davis Cup ti­tle for Ar­gentina in the fifth fi­nal it has played since 1981. Croa­tia won in 2005.

Go­ing into the re­verse sin­gles Sun­day, the Croats were lead­ing 2-1 in the best-of-five-series af­ter win­ning the dou­bles on Satur­day.

Juan Martin Del Potro then ral­lied from two sets down to beat Marin Cilic 6-7 (4), 2-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-3 as Ar­gentina drew level at 22.

“Delpo showed his huge heart af­ter turn­ing around the match that looked lost,” said Ar­gentina team cap­tain Daniel Or­sanic. “Fed­erico played a per­fect match un­der huge pres­sure. I’m re­ally proud to be part of this fantastic team.”

With the vic­tory, Ar­gentina be­came only the third team to come back from 2-1 down in the fi­nal since the World Group Davis Cup for­mat was in­tro­duced in 1981.

Ar­gentina’s play­ers pose with the tro­phy af­ter win­ning the Davis Cup fi­nal in Zagreb Photo: AP

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