Spain took a commanding 2-0 lead against Argentina in the Davis Cup final on Friday, with Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer winning — albeit in contrasting ways.
After nearly five hours, Ferrer slumped to his knees on the baseline to celebrate a grueling 6-2, 6-7 (2), 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory over Juan Martin Del Potro, Argentina’s top player.
Ferrer won the opening set comfortably but lost the following two sets before saving a crucial break point in the fourth. The match provided the kind of drama that the day’s first encounter had lacked, with Nadal crushing Juan Monaco by 6-1, 6-1, 6-2.
The encounter between the fifth-ranked Ferrer and Del Potro, who has climbed back to 11th in the rankings after missing almost a whole season because of a wrist injury, was expected to be tighter. In the end, Del Potro ran out of steam, unable to maintain the pace in the longer rallies and peppering instead his game with some sloppy shots in the final set.