Argentina advances to Davis Cup semifinals|
Buenos Aires, Argentina (Sports Network) - Juan Martin del Potro secured
Argentina a spot in the Davis Cup semifinals with a dominating three-set
victory over Croatia's Marin Cilic Sunday.
The 6-1, 6-2, 6-1 result gave Argentina an insurmountable 3-1 lead in the
best-of-five tie and clinched a home matchup against the Czech Republic
September 14-16. The Czechs advanced past Serbia Sunday.
The 10th-ranked player in the world, del Potro didn't drop a set this weekend.
He beat Ivo Karlovic 6-2, 7-6 (9-7), 6-1 on Friday, just after Cilic topped
David Nalbandian in a grueling five-set encounter that lasted more than five
On Saturday, Nalbandian teamed with Eduardo Schwank in a five-set triumph that
came up just one minute shy of five hours.
Argentina moved to 3-0 all-time versus Croatia, with both previous victories
coming in the quarterfinals (2002, 2006).
The tough-luck Argentines are four-time Davis Cup runners-up and still seeking
that elusive first-ever championship. Argentina lost to Spain in last year's
Croatia captured its lone Davis Cup title back in 2005.
Argentine Juan Monaco breezed past Antonio Veic, 6-1, 6-1, in the dead
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