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“We are superior on clay, grass, hard courts and, if necessary, even on roller skates.”
Spanish tennis great Manolo Santana holds out no hope for Argentina when they face Spain in the year-ending Davis Cup final beginning December 2, 2011.
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From zero to 10, I would give Argentina a two to win Davis Cup, and that’s being nice. Spain is clearly superior to Argentina. We are playing at home with a large audience. We are superior on clay, grass, hard courts and, if necessary, even on roller skates. I am optimistic. I think they will win 4-1 or 3-2, unless something unforeseen happens.
The Argentineans will rely on magic from Juan Martin Del Potro and David Nalbandian to pull off an upset.
Speaking to Yahoo! Euro Sports, Sanatana wrote off Del Potro’s chances, saying, “I think Rafa today is far superior to Del Potro. Del Potro went a long time without playing. In Valencia, where I saw him play, he wasn’t very accurate. I don’t believe he’s going to arrive in perfect form.”
What he really meant:
“Mano a mano, we’re better and we’ll roll over them—come what may.”
What he definitely didn’t:
“It’s Davis Cup. Anything can happen, anytime.”