2009 - Spain wins over Czech Republic
Davis Cup Final is definitely one of the hottest moments of the tennis season. This year, Argentina and Spain made it to the final which will be played in Sevilla, on clay court.
Both teams have amazing players: Del Potro, Nalbandian, Monaco and Chela will meet Nadal, Ferrer, Lopez and Verdasco.
Only one team can win. One country. Players have been defending their names all season long on the tour. In Sevilla, they will have to defend their countries.
However, Spain seems to be the favorite to lift a fifth Davis Cup title.
Spain has one of the best advantages for the final: They will be playing at home in Sevilla.
Spaniards chose the surface; they will play on a clay court. The world knows it. Spain is one of the best—if not the best—nation to play on clay. The last time Argentina and Spain met, it was in Mar Del Plata, and Argentina had chosen to play indoor on hard. So we can be sure of one thing: If Argentina has to choose, they wouldn't have chosen clay.
On clay in Sevilla, Costa's players will be at their best, on their favorite kind of court—except Lopez who prefers grass.
Proud to have the world's No. 2, Rafael Nadal, bring to bear Spain's colors around the world all year, Spanish fans are lucky enough to welcome two masters 1000 in Madrid and in Barcelona. Nadal is a national hero and so are Ferrer, Verdasco and Lopez. All that, added together makes almost a religion out of tennis in Almodovar's country.
For the final, no less then 27,000 tickets have been sold to see "Spanish Armada" against "Argentina's Legion" in the amazing venue of Sevilla's Olympic Stadium. And for the show to be perfect, the Spanish Tennis Federation has even covered the court with a roof (476.000€).
In a stadium full of fans gained to their cause, Spain could be transcended by supporting fans.
2009. Spain wins Davis Cup for the 4th time.
The Spaniards have already won the Davis Cup four times. They have the experience, and this will help them handle pressure better then Argentina who has never won the title in all its Davis Cup history.
With victories in 2000 (vs. Australia), 2004 (vs. United States), 2008 (vs. Argentina) and 2009 (vs. Czech Republic) and runner-up places in 1965, 1967 and 2003, Spain is the most represented country in the Davis Cup Final.
In Sevilla, Feliciano Lopez was even awarded for being the Spanish player who made the most appearance in Davis Cup finals.
Although they are a great tennis nation, it seems that the Davis Cup Final isn't coming at the best time for Argentina.
No less then four days before the final, Juan Martin Del Potro has twisted his knee while practicing with Juan Ignacio Chela in Sevilla. Should we be worried for him?
Let's remember that Del Potro has withdrawn from all the end of the season (he did not play the Asian Tour, nor the Bercy Masters), to get ready for the Davis Cup Final. But will he really be in shape?
- David Nalbandian
What an awful season for David Nalbandian. A torn hamstring and hernia kept him away from the courts part of the season. He missed Indian Wells, Miami, Monte Carlo, Madrid, Rome and even Roland Garros, a big part of the clay season, which could handicap him for a final ... on clay !
However, Nalbandian had started the year well in Auckland where he had beaten...David Ferrer!
Rafael Nadal in Roland Garros
With six titles in Roland Garros, seven in Monte Carlo, five in Rome and two in Madrid, it makes absolutely no doubt that Rafael Nadal is the best clay player of all times.
Playing the Davis Cup final with the world's No. 2 in its team, on his favorite surface, will be one of Spain's major assets.