Davis Cup: Juan Martin del Potro to lead Argentina against Croatia in bid for first title

Led by Juan Martin del Potro, Argentina is bidding to end its long pursuit of the Davis Cup title when it faces Croatia in the final this weekend.

FP Sports November 22, 2016 21:50:52 IST
Davis Cup: Juan Martin del Potro to lead Argentina against Croatia in bid for first title

Croatia: Led by Juan Martin del Potro, Argentina are bidding to end their long pursuit of the Davis Cup title when they faces Croatia in the final this weekend.

Del Potro, the 2009 U.S. Open champion who returned to the tour successfully after two injury-hit years, believes Argentina are in a strong position after losing in four Davis Cup finals since 1981.

Davis Cup Juan Martin del Potro to lead Argentina against Croatia in bid for first title

Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro in action in the Davis Cup. AP

Del Potro said, "I've had a great year. I have everything to do a good weekend. We are confident."

Croatia, targeting their second Davis Cup title, will be led by Marin Cilic, who has reached a career-best year-end ranking of No 6.

Cilic said, "motivation is great playing in front of the home crowd. Small details will decide the winner."

Croatia last won the Davis Cup in 2005 and will be hoping to repeat

The best-of-five series will be held between 25 to 27 November on a hard indoor court at Arena Zagreb.

Apart from Del Potro, Argentina's team features World No 41 Federico Delbonis, Gaudio Pella and Leonardo Mayer. The hosts have nominated Cilic, 37-year-old Ivo Karlovic, upcoming youngster Borna Coric and Ivan Dodig.

The Davis Cup final will feature two singles rubbers on Friday followed by a doubles match on Saturday. If needed, two reverse singles will be played on Sunday to decide the winner.

(With inputs from AP)

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