Argentina wins its 1st Davis Cup title
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