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Nadal blitz gives Spain fifth title

sports Updated: Dec 05, 2011 00:56 IST

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Rafael Nadal mounted a thrilling comeback from a set down to beat Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro 1-6, 6-4, 6-1, 7-6 and clinch Spain's fifth Davis Cup tennis title on Sunday.

The world number two, who demolished Juan Monaco in Friday's opening singles rubber on the clay at Seville's Olympic Stadium, gave Spain an unassailable 3-1 lead in the best-of-five tie as the favourites secured their third triumph in four years.

Earlier, David Nalbandian and Eduardo Schwank trounced Spain's Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 to secure Argentina's first point and kept the best-of-five tie alive ahead of the reverse singles. After Rafa Nadal and David Ferrer put favourites Spain 2-0 ahead Friday, victory for meant Argentina still had a slim chance, but Nadal spoiled the party.