5 Dec 2011

Vocal Seville crowd inspires Nadal's comeback

10:14 am on 5 December 2011

Rafael Nadal mounted a thrilling comeback back from a set down to beat Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro 1-6 6-4 6-1 7-6 and secure Spain's fifth Davis Cup tennis triumph in front of a rapturous home crowd.

The world number two, who demolished Juan Monaco in Saturday's opening singles rubber, had a much tougher time on his beloved clay against an inspired Del Potro but rallied to snuff out the South American nation's bid for a first title in their fourth final.

Nadal says the deafening Spanish crowd inspired his fightback in Seville.

According to Davis Cup rules, if the tie is decided after the fourth rubber and that match lasts at least four sets, the final singles match will not be contested.