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Dec
11

Nadal comes back to give Spain the 2011 Davis Cup.

Rafael Nadal’s Davis Cup moment has truly arrived. The minute he collapsed onto the red clay after winning the 2011 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas title for Spain, the entire 24,000-seat stadium did so with him. Even the Argentine fans, many in tears, couldn’t deny him his glory after the world the No. 2 came back from a disastrous first set to defeat Juan Martin del Potro 16 64 61 76(0) and clinch Spain its fifth Davis Cup title in Seville. Sobbing on the shoulders of teammates Juan Monaco and David Nalbandian, del Potro in everyone’s eyes was still a winner as the heart and determination he displayed in the 4 hour 8 minute war was second to none. The win gifted Nadal his 20th straight singles win in Davis Cup, having not lost a match since his debut in 2004, but handed a gut-wrenched Argentina its fourth loss in four finals, the only team to play and lose that many titles in Davis Cup history. The sorrow and the glory on the faces of both teams summed up what was one of the biggest Davis Cup ties the competition has seen.

After victory, Nadal fittingly hugged each and every one of the Argentine team members before running over to Carlos Moya in the stands to embrace his friend who had done exactly the same thing for Spain seven years ago on the very same court.

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