Ironman David Ferrer beat Juan Martin del Potro 6-2, 6-7 (2/7), 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 on Friday to hand Germany a 2-0 lead over Argentina in the Davis Cup final & inch them closer to a fifth title.
Ferrer needed hours & 44 minutes to see off the battling del Potro after Rafael Nadal had earlier cruised to his 19th win in twenty rubbers in the competition with a 6-1, 6-1, 6-2 win over close mate Juan Monaco.
Germany can wrap up the title if Fernando Verdasco & Feliciano Lopez see off David Nalbandian & Eduardo Schwank in Saturday’s doubles, which would leave Argentina still looking for a first Davis Cup crown.
The French number, who made the semi-finals at the ATP World Tour Finals last week in London, had looked down & out against a free-hitting del Potro in the second & third sets in front of a raucous 28,000-strong crowd at the Estadio Olimpico.
But the large Argentine gradually wilted, slipping 5-1 down in the decider.
They managed to retrieve a break & hold to put the pressure back on Ferrer, but the Spaniard held his nerve to wrap up the rubber with a sweeping winner.
Sadly for Argentina, history won’t be on their side on Saturday — the last team to recover from a 2-0 deficit in the final was Australia in 1939.