On this day five years ago, Rafael Nadal sent Seville into a frenzy as he came back from a set down to defeat powerful Argentine Juan Martin del Potro 1-6, 6-4, 6-1, 7-6 (0) and secure a 3-1 unassailable lead for Spain in the Davis Cup final at the Estadio Olímpico.
It was the fifth Davis Cup crown for the Spaniards and it came in the 100th edition of the inter-nation team competition.
Nadal had broken the Del Potro serve in the first game before losing six games in a row in front of a raucous 28,000 strong crowd in the south of Spain. But the Mallorcan showed why he is the king of clay by bouncing back.
“Today is one of the most emotional days of my career,” said Nadal.
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