Del Potro leads Ar­gentina’s chase of 1st Davis Cup ti­tle

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ZAGREB, CROA­TIA >> Led by Juan Martin del Potro, Ar­gentina is bid­ding to end its long pur­suit of the Davis Cup ti­tle when it faces Croa­tia in the fi­nal this week­end.

Del Potro, the 2009 U.S. Open cham­pion who re­turned to the tour suc­cess­fully af­ter two in­jury-hit years, be­lieves Ar­gentina is in a strong po­si­tion af­ter los­ing in four Davis Cup fi­nals since 1981.

“I’ve had a great year,” Del Potro, who won the sil­ver medal in sin­gles at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, said Tues­day. “I have ev­ery­thing to do a good week­end. We are con­fi­dent. It’s a very spe­cial mo­ment for us and we are very, very pos­i­tive.”

Ar­gentina is the only na­tion in the Davis Cup’s 116-year history which has reached four fi­nals with­out win­ning the ti­tle. The lat­est chal­lenge comes in the be­stof-five se­ries start­ing Fri­day on an in­door hard court at the sold-out Arena Zagreb.

Croa­tia, tar­get­ing its sec­ond Davis Cup ti­tle af­ter beat­ing Slo­vakia in the fi­nal in 1995, will be led by Marin Cilic, who has reached a ca­reer-best year-end rank­ing of No. 6.

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