4 Dec 2011

Argentina cling on in Davis Cup with doubles win

8:27 am on 4 December 2011

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 of the Davis Cup tennis final and keep the best-of-five tie alive ahead of the reverse singles.

After Rafa Nadal and David Ferrer put favourites Spain 2-0 ahead on Satuday, victory for Nalbandian and doubles specialist Schwank means Argentina still have a slim chance of winning a first Davis Cup in their fourth final and avenging defeat to Spain in the 2008 title match in Mar del Plata.

However, with world number two Nadal apparently unbeatable on his beloved clay and full of confidence after his demolition of Juan Monaco, Spain remain on course for a fifth Davis Cup triumph and a third title in four years.