The biggest international tennis tournament comes to a close. Here is what you might have missed.
The 2016 Davis Cup was the 105th edition of the Davis Cup, a tournament between national teams in men’s tennis. It is the premier international team event in men’s tennis. The present champions are Argentina who beat Croatia to win the title for the first time in 2016. Here are a few things that you should know about this year’s Davis cup.
Argentina came from behind to beat Croatia 3-2 in a thrilling Davis Cup final on Sunday, with Federico Delbonis beating Ivo Karlovic 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in the deciding rubber. Juan Martin del Potro had beaten Marin Cilic 6-7 (4), 2-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-3 in a five-hour epic earlier in the day. But it was Del Potro who pulled clear at the end of a tremendously fierce battle.
2.The Build Up:
Del Potro’s final hopes were dealt another gruesome blow when his opponent sealed back-to-back breaks to go 5-2 ahead, with Argentina’s premier representative failing to score even a single point on his own serve this time.
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Delbonis came under huge pressure in the sixth game of the second set, only just avoiding a break, but he powered through and found a break of his own. In an almost exact copy of the first set, the one breakthrough would prove sufficient, moving Argentina within a set of the Davis Cup title win.
4.A Dramatic Ending:
The fifth of those games was where the Argentinian started to show some fight. It was to no avail, though, as Cilic battled through an onslaught of near-break points, Del Potro salvaged that break with his moment of glory by replicating the three-game win streak his foe put together at the beginning of the match to draw level at four games apiece.
In case you’ve missed the match, you should definitely catch up on the highlights. It’s a must watch for every tennis fan!