Sunday, December 4, 2011

Davis Cup Final - Spain Beats Argentina 3-1

(Christina Quicler/AFP)
Update
- The update I was hoping I wouldn't have to make.
Rafael Nadal has defeated Juan Martin Del Potro (who put up an incredible fight) 1-6, 6-4, 6-1, 7-6(0).
Spain wins its fifth Davis Cup title. And Argentina loses its altogether fourth final.
The fifth rubber won't be played.
Edit: David's first words to Delpo: "You played a fantastic match, you have nothing to blame yourself for." (Source.)


Welcome to the last day of this year's Davis Cup final at La Cartuja. - Which wouldn't take place, or at least not with at least one more live rubber, if it hadn't been for David's and Eduardo Schwank's great victory in the doubles yesterday. But - here we are.
As always, Sunday means that it's time for the reverse singles. And also as always, it's the #1 players from both teams, who are up first (Edit: the AAT just tweeted a photo of Delpo, warming up for the match on the training court).

(Javier Soriano/AFP/Getty Images)
Rafael Nadal vs Juan Martin Del Potro
It'll be their altogether 10th meeting but only the second one to take place on clay (the first one was at Roland Garros 2007; Nadal won in straights). Overall, the match record stands at 6-3 in Nadal's favour, with all three of Delpo's victories dating from the 2009 season, including the one in the semifinal of the US Open, on his way to winning the title. This year, they've met twice so far, with an easy victory for Nadal at Indian Wells and a not so easy one at Wimbledon.
In short, Delpo has defeated Nadal before but so far, he has only managed to do it on hardcourt and during his best season. Still, Delpo has also shown that he can play great matches on clay - but the question is, how well can he play today? After the four hours and 46 minutes he spent on court against David Ferrer on Friday, his fitness is a bit of a question mark, going into this match. And even more so against the "King of Clay".

It will indeed take a "small miracle" (as David and Edu Schwank called it after their match) for this final to go down to a live fifth rubber. And that's why I'm not going to look beyond this fourth one, right now. Instead, for the moment I'll leave it at:

VAMOS DELPO!!!  VAMOS ARGENTINA!!!

P.S. But in case there is a fifth rubber - David will play it.

50 comments:

  1. this is it. Thank you for the quick new update Julia.
    Live comment here, sorry in advance lol.

    VAMOS ARGENTINA!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  2. for flooding lol :)

    hey guys where you at? :D

    ReplyDelete
  3. Here :-)
    I hope it will be a good match.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I believe DelPo can do this but I think it's important that he gets a good start and finds a way to get one of the first two sets. Preferably both of them :D

    ReplyDelete
  5. theorically it's a good thing that DelPo serves first... but these couple of points by Rafa... omg.

    come on DelPo!

    ReplyDelete
  6. I know Delpo doesnt volley that much but hes horrible at it.Now I know why he doesnt do it ever.This court is so slow I cant believe it.

    ReplyDelete
  7. But he is playing good now,keep it up big man.

    ReplyDelete
  8. just thinking of Delpo winning this match.....and Ferrer beating David....omgg.....i dont like Nalby to be embarrassed....hope rafa wins this one....lol

    ReplyDelete
  9. The broadcasters on the stream I'm watching said both David and Pico are not in the stands and that they're trying to keep Spain guessing about the last match.

    ReplyDelete
  10. So much luck there for Delpo,hope he can hang on for the 1st set.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Spain don't have to guess anything. They've known from the start that David will play the fifth rubber - if it comes down to it. ;)

    ReplyDelete
  12. David practising with pico to get ready for the next match..not to keep spain guessing :P

    ReplyDelete
  13. Yeah no disrespect to Pico but I think David is the clear choice.

    DelPo really settled down after that terrible first game!

    ReplyDelete
  14. The whole strategy of David playing the doubles was about him, playing the fifth.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Ha anyone ever beaten Nadal 6-1 in a set on clay?Vamos Delpo.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Federer bagelled him once at Hamburg, as I recall.

    Anyway, what a turnaround after getting broken in the first game. Vamos Delpo!

    ReplyDelete
  17. yea...Delpo beaten today....lol

    ReplyDelete
  18. i never saw two greatst tennis matches of all time in a single day......today everyone going to see....lol

    ReplyDelete
  19. Delpo is going to win this match...but i fear nalby will be injured in the middle way of nxt match....since he played a singles match a long ago...esp clay..

    ReplyDelete
  20. Vamos Delpo. Hope the big guy can take this match. Was traveling most of yesterday so I didn't see David and Edu's great performance. Delpo can do this. Damn. A Nadal break.

    ReplyDelete
  21. Looks like the tide has turned...

    For the record, the two possible scenarios.
    If Delpo wins, David plays the fifth rubber.
    If Rafa wins, it's all over, no fifth rubber will be played.

    ReplyDelete
  22. And I have to say, you missed a really nice match, John. The two of them were really great.

    ReplyDelete
  23. Yep, the scores indicate it must have been a no-doubt-about-it match. I'm afraid the tide has turned, too.

    ReplyDelete
  24. DelPo really needs to win this 3rd set, I still believe in it as long as he holds.

    ReplyDelete
  25. y tito vasquez fighting with referee ??

    ReplyDelete
  26. Nadal and Ferer are like machines,they never go away or have a 10 min blackout.But if Delpo can wheter the storm he may get a second wind.

    ReplyDelete
  27. It's unbelievable how hard Delpo has to work in this match. I mean, even the first set took over an hour...

    ReplyDelete
  28. I'm about to cry :( (though we are realistic, it's hard not to be sad there)
    too bad for DelPo

    ReplyDelete
  29. Yeah, I feel really sorry for Delpo. Another great match form him - and another defeat...

    ReplyDelete
  30. It is sad. Good fight from the big guy, though. Nadal is just a monster on clay. Hard courts, different story.

    ReplyDelete
  31. Although it was somehow expected, I'm also very sad because Delpo fought so hard it would have been fair that he won one of those close matches... really sad, I hoped for a big wonder.

    ReplyDelete
  32. I still think DelPo was the best choice for today though he lost.
    worst possible season-ending for him :(

    ReplyDelete
  33. Yeah - I'm not sure David would've survived a match like that without another injury.

    ReplyDelete
  34. Yes, I also agree that Delpo was the best choice! I'm really sad for him that he wasn't rewarded with one win out of two hard fights.

    ReplyDelete
  35. Not a happy ending for Delpo or the team (or the supporters). But quite predictable. Let's admit it, for Argentina to have won would have required a major miracle. Winning the doubles was a considerable achievement, and probably all that was on offer. After all, the Spanish players were of uniformly higher ranking (and for good reason); very fit and motivated; and playing at home in front of a highly partisan audience, on the best possible surface for them.

    It has certainly been a huge double (triple) blow for Delpo, but he is young and will get over it. (Although now his status as "Davis Cup Goat" must be formally set in stone!) I wouldn't be at all surprised if he used the experience to motivate himself next season. If I were Nadal or Ferrer, I would be careful next time I walked out onto a hard court to play Delpo.

    ReplyDelete
  36. At least, David was already smiling again, a couple of minutes after the match (unlike poor Delpo...).

    ReplyDelete
  37. And yeah, it was quite predictable that it would end this way, with another title for Spain.

    ReplyDelete
  38. I wish nalby an ijury free 2012 season and i hope next year he can play more in davis cup matches.del potro has to work on his serve he has so much potential on it.

    ReplyDelete
  39. When I didn't saw the person who served I would think it was David serving instead of Del Potro. No free points, but it was not easy on this surface, it was like playing on sand with honey on it lol

    ReplyDelete
  40. Probably the last chance for our David to have an injury free season, at least we know that he has been carefully since his last injury, but everything can happen. Only Djokovic plays tactically right against Rafa but he is the only one who's body has the opportunity to do it. If David was so good physically, he would also play with the tactic from Djokovic.
    Hard fight from Del Potro in both matches but it was not enough, so sorry for him, especially looking on his face, but at least today he was not so disappointed as 2 days ago. I hate so much Nadal's game he is mostly defensive, brings everything back and waiting for errors of the opponent. That's it how Nadal wins against good players.
    The double match I haven't watched, but because Julia described it very nice I will watch it someday in the off season.

    ReplyDelete
  41. Lets hope 2012 will be the year.I wish David and the team a great 2012,AO is just around the corner as well as the tie with Germany.Vamos Argentina.

    ReplyDelete
  42. David really is El Rey. His kind words for DelPo right after the loss is a huge thing for all the team, we win together, we lose together.

    I'm still having hope for Argentina to win DC one day...

    so true Adrian, 2012 is already around the corner.
    I'm thinking about a medal for David at Olympic Games, why not? :D

    ReplyDelete
  43. It would be cool for him and Schwank to enter the doubles.

    ReplyDelete
  44. 2012 is deffinitely Argentina's year to win. Delpo won't let this one get away, Nalby will give it everything too.

    ReplyDelete
  45. 2012 is really a good draw, except for Serbia, eventhough its gonna be held in Argentina. As nadal said he wont play DC next year, and if they meet spain on hard courts in Argentina, unlike 2008 i think its gonna be a winner. 2012 for the win

    ReplyDelete