Spain beat Argentina to win third Davis Cup crown

November 24th, 2008 - 2:18 am ICT by IANS  

Mar del Plata (Argentina), Nov 24 (DPA) Spain claimed its third Davis Cup title since 2000 as Fernando Verdasco defeated Jose Acasuso 6-3, 6-7 (3-7), 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 to clinch a 3-1 victory over Argentina here Sunday night.The winners managed to complete their trophy hat-trick in the worldwide team competition without the services of Rafael Nadal, out with a knee injury.

Spain came in as underdogs against the South Americans, who had chosen a fast indoor surface in anticipation of trying to nullify the clay skills of four-time French Open champion Nadal.

The victory ended the Argentine victory run at home at 13 straight ties. Spain become the seventh nation in the Cup’s 108-year history to win three or more titles.

Spain won the Cup in 2004 over the US in Sevilla and in 2000 against Australia in Barcelona.

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