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