Juan Martin del Potro slogged past Croatia’s Marin Cilic in five sets on Sunday to help Argentina take the Davis Cup. Somehow, he beat the world No. 6 despite breaking a left pinky while trying to catch one of Cilic’s serves in the deciding set. He wasn’t the only one to suffer from an errant Cilic serve during the match:
Though the international team tournament doesn’t count towards del Potro’s ATP points—leaving him 38th in year end rankings—the victory supplied plenty of patriotic cheer to a player who’d lost in the tournament’s final in 2008. It’s also a potential springboard for del Potro to return to Cilic’s level on a more permanent basis. Pinky finger notwithstanding, I would guess that ascent will not take long.