Argentina is the Davis Cup champion.
I can’t seem to stop saying it, perhaps because it feels like a dream.
Argentina is the Davis Cup champion!!
After being four times a bridesmaid, it was only fitting that the Blue and White should, at last, become a bride. And in which fashion did they achieve it!
On Friday, both teams were in a 1-1 deadlock. Marin Cilic recovered and kept Federico Delbonis at bay with a 6-3, 7-5, 3-6, 1-6, 6-2 win. Then, Juan Martín del Potro defeated Ivo Karlovic 6-4, 6-7(6), 6-3, 7-5.
On Saturday, both Cilic and del Potro were back on court for the doubles. Cilic, alongside Ivan Dodig, were the heavy favourites for the win. After all, their triumph against the Bryans started Croatia’s great comeback in the quarter-finals. In the semifinals, they defeated the then number one team in the world, Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut. Consequently, their 7-6(2), 7-6(4), 6-3 win over del Potro and Leonardo Mayer did not come as a surprise.
On the final day, Cilic and del Potro really gave a great display of tennis. In a high voltage atmosphere, the Croatian took a two sets to love lead, before the Argentine turned on his immense firepower. In the end, after a 4h53 marathon, the Tower of Tandil prevailed with a 6-7(4), 2-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-3 victory, the first 0-2 comeback of his career. He even broke his little finger in the process!
At 2-2, the final was within the hands of Ivo Karlovic and Federico Delbonis. The man from Azul showed an immense calm and impressive returning skills to top the veteran 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 and clinch Argentina’s first Davis Cup.
A well-deserved triumph for Daniel Orsanic and his men!
Argentina: a dream come true
To me, what stands out the most in Argentina’s triumph is the way they did it: as a team. A team in which everyone was, at last, pulling in the same direction from the start. Such a team could not lose.
Be it the players who were there from the start, those who joined later on in the season, the captain, or the technical staff, everyone had something to bring to this Argentinian team.
A team, a country, a dream… that has come true at long last. All heart out.
(Photo: Peter Figura)