Monday, November 24, 2008

Spain Davis Cup champions

Feliciano Lopez is a thirsty champion
photo credit: AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko
Verdasco beat Acasuso, Wozniacki won Odense, Rus won Opole, Tursunov won Helsinki and Nadal must have mixed emotions while he relaxes in paradise.

Spain, Spain and Spain! Sorry Argentina, we know you came close and would have almost certainly won the last match of Nalbandian vs whoever but it only counts if you get to the last match and you didn’t. Five sets and Acasuso had his chances until the last set when he was rolled. But the day belongs to Ana’s man – was she watching? – Fernando Verdasco who played hard and tough to close out the tie. The victory was set up previously by new-found hardman (previously pretty boy) Feliciano Lopez and was a triumph of teamwork in the absence of world number one umm watisname. Captain Emilio Sanchez was so happy he quit.

“In the Davis Cup, you have to fight to the death and you always have to keep your hope of winning. This mental strength helped me win the match,” said Verdasco.

“It isn’t possible for me to be any happier,” Nadal said, with his fingers crossed behind his back. Meanwhile it’s the whole country’s fault Argentina lost, captain Alberto Mancini said, “We have to learn a lot from this but not just the players,” he said. “The country as a whole, everyone, needs to learn to row in the same direction.”

Jose Acasuso: “we’re sad and angry.”

Just remember the Argentines chose a hard-court (over their usual clay) to negate clay court superstar Rafael Nadal who got injured and didn’t play. Oh well they figured, Juan Martin Del Potro is a hard-court hero and Nalbandian can play on anything so we’re still fine. Then Del Potro got injured and they lost. So they can blame it on injuries: Nadal’s and Del Potro’s. Remember we get to do this all again next year.

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