Spain capped off an historic sporting year this weekend when it captured the Davis Cup championship, its third ('00, '04) in the last eight years, upsetting a favored Argentina on their home soil.
Fernando Verdasco lived out his dream when he clinched the deciding rubber over Jose Acasuso 6-3, 6-7(3), 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 after giving Spain a 2-1 lead going into Sunday by teaming up with Feliciano Lopez to defeat Agustin Calleri and David Nalbandian in doubles on Saturday. It was Spain's first win on foreign soil and Argentina's first-ever Davis Cup loss at home.
Rafael Nadal was quick to congratulate his compatriots on their exciting win telling state television:
These are unforgettable moments. We need to stress that they've made history. It's an unforgettable victory. I don't think it's possible to be any happier.In addition to the Davis Cup championship, Spain can boast the world's top tennis baller in Rafa who captured a fourth straight Roland Garros title, a Wimbledon crown, and an Olympic gold medal in Beijing; a European Championship in football/soccer after a 44-year drought and lead in the FIFA world rankings; and the Tour de France championship won by Carlos Sastre in July.
Not too shabby, eh?
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