Orsanic honoured by Davis Cup success

  • Orsanic honoured by Davis Cup success

Orsanic honoured by Davis Cup success

Karlovic, who at 37 became the oldest man to play singles in a Davis Cup final in almost a century, served 35 aces while Del Potro had 15.

It capped an wonderful year for 28-year-old del Petro who returned from four wrist injuries to win the Olympic silver and now the Davis Cup.

Croatia led 2-1 going into the final day and looked on course for their second title when Marin Cilic led Juan Martin del Potro by two sets to love.

Federico Delbonis covered up for the first rubber loss when he thrashed the home player, Ivo Karlović in straight sets 6-3, 6-4, 6-2, and dropped to the ground in disbelief.

After coming inches close to the coveted trophy for four times, it took Argentina 116 years to at last end the "curse" and lifted their maiden Davis Cup trophy on Sunday.

Del Potro broke the Croat in the opening game of the match and then held on to his serve to take the opening set. He captured the first live fifth rubber in the Davis Cup Final since 2012 and '13, when Radeck Stepanek won consecutive live deciders against Spain and Serbia, respectively.

The comeback started with Del Potro's heroics that included a finger injury in the fifth set against Cilic.

Addressing Del Potro's comeback from two sets down against Cilic, a jubilant Orsanic said that it was "the comeback of history".

Del Potro obviously spoke for the team when he asserted that, playing with the blue and white shirt on your back can make remarkable things happen.

Daniel Orsanic: 'We tried to win the title for a such long time and we deserved it.

That win, like Sunday's team victory against Croatia, was the sort of unprecedented stuff that was predicted for Del Potro when he was a younger man. His team mate did so superbly, holding serve throughout his one-sided contest with Karlovic as he kept running the Croatian ragged with punishing baseline shots.

Delbonis, who won the final match, said: "I still can't believe it".

Del Potro, now 28, had played only 14 matches in all of 2014 and '15, when he started this latest comeback at a small-scale tournament in Delray Beach, Florida, in February.

"After all, this is the final", Cilic said.

But much of the credit will go to Del Potro after the Olympic silver medallist, who missed the majority of 2014 and 2015 through injury, outlasted Cilic in an epic five-hour battle of former US Open champions.