Davis Cup - Nadal ends year on a high, pulls out of 2012 Davis Cup
Rafa Nadal ended a relatively barren year on a thrilling high when he battled back from a set down to beat Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro and secure Spain's fifth Davis Cup tennis triumph in Seville.
After demolishing Juan Monaco in Friday's singles, the 10-times grand slam champion, overshadowed by world number one Novak Djokovic in 2011, had a tougher time on his beloved clay against an inspired Del Potro but rallied to snuff out the South American nation's bid for a first title in their fourth final.
It was their second Davis Cup final victory over Argentina following their success in Mar del Plata in 2008 and they also claimed the enormous trophy, known in Spanish as the 'salad bowl', by beating Czech Republic in Barcelona in 2009.
"This is a very good way of finishing after a long year," said Nadal, who won just three singles titles in 2011, his fewest in seven years, before announcing that he was not planning to play Davis Cup in 2012.
"Next year, since it's an Olympic year, my participation in the Davis Cup is impossible," said the 25-year-old, who has repeatedly called for the crowded tennis calendar to be changed.
"For the time being, let's enjoy today. It's not the most appropriate time to talk about the future but of course next year I will not play the Davis Cup."
Del Potro paid tribute to the sizeable Argentine contingent among the spectators.
"The very little energy I had, I had to put it in the court with the help of the crowd, with the help of my team," Del Potro said.
"I felt that once again I was very close to winning," the 23-year-old added.