Davis Cup - Ferrer wins epic to put Spain 2-0 up
David Ferrer overcame Juan Martin Del Potro in an epic Davis Cup final encounter 6-2 6-7 (2-7) 3-6 6-4 6-3 at the Olympic Stadium in Seville.
The result means Spain are now 2-0 up after Rafael Nadal beat Juan Monaco earlier in the day.
It was an absolute marathon of a match, lasting 4.45 hours, with both players giving it their all. Ferrer sunk to his knees at the end, while Del Potro dropped into his seat in tears.
The first set was a high quality affair, with the players' contrasting styles producing explosive tennis. Ferrer played intelligently and made sure he never let Del Potro dictate with his huge forehand. The first break came in the fourth game, with Ferrer running into a 0-40 lead and taking it at the second attempt with a vicious forehand down the line.
It stayed on serve until Ferrer again broke to love in the eighth game to take the set.
The second swung this way and that. Del Potro broke midway through courtesy of a couple of unforced errors from the Spaniard. Ferrer hit back three games later though as the world number 11 felt the pressure, reeling errors off his forehand side.
The set meandered to a tie break, where Del Potro won with ease; Ferrer double faulting at a crucial moment and Del Potro taking it with a crashing a forehand down the line.
Ferrer hit back at the beginning of the third, tucking the ball into the corner for a winner and the break. But it wasn't long before the Argentine was back on level terms, albeit through fortuitous circumstances as the point that got the break came courtesy of the luckiest of net cords.
Del Potro broke again in the eighth game, and served out the set, now reeling winners off either wing with astonishing regularity.
The fourth set swung just as much as the second. Ferrer broke in the fourth game after what looked to be a weary double fault from the Argentine. Del Potro struck back immediately though, as a Ferrer error and a tricky slice from the Argentine did the damage.
The set looked to be going in Del Potro's favour, but Ferrer hung on and got the break and the set at 5-4 with another double fault levelling the match.
It was the Argentine who tired first in the fifth, perhaps unsurprising given the famous resilience of his Spanish opponent. A return winner down the line gave Ferrer the break point in the fourth game and a sweeping crosscourt forehand clinched it.
Ferrer broke again to race into a 5-1 lead, but couldn't see it out as Del Potro again picked up his level to start hitting into the corners. The Argentine broke back to increase the tension, reducing the deficit to 5-3, but the world number five saw it out, hitting one more winner down the line to seal it.