| By New York Tennis Magazine Staff
Photo credit: Kenneth B. Goldberg

Rafael Nadal of Spain defeated Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina 1-6, 6-4, 6-1, 7-6 to take Spain's third Davis Cup title in the past four years. This is his first title since winning the French Open and raised him up from a series of underperforming matches played on his part.

This win gives Spain a lead of 3-1 which is enough to give the country its fifth overall Davis Cup title. Nadal was able to settle back into his peak performance in this match which his country counted on him for, where he continued his aggression on clay.

“I’ve never had the chance to secure the winning point of a Davis Cup. In the end it came down to me,” said Nadal. Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco rushed the court in celebration of Nadal's victory and the countries overall capture of the title. This now becomes the third Davis Cup for Nadal, who also won a point against the U.S. in 2004 Davis Cup. “It’s a special feeling since you’re playing at home in the last event of the year and it’s to win the Davis Cup and all of the emotion and happiness that comes with being on the court,” said Nadal.

Spain has dominated this event like no other country since the United States teams of the 1970s and early 80s. "On home clay, they are probably one of the best teams in history," Argentina captain Tito Vazquez said after the Spainards made their record win streak total to 21.

Nadal has already confirmed that he will not be competing in this event next year as he will be putting all focus on defending his gold medal at the London Summer Olympics.