Davis Cup: Deigo Maradona watches Argentina draw level with Croatia
Argentina football legend Diego Maradona was courtside as Juan Martin del Potro beat veteran Ivo Karlovic to draw his country back level at 1-1 against Croatia in the Davis Cup final on Friday
Football legend Diego Maradona and his companion Rocio Oliva watch the Davis Cup singles match in Zagreb on Friday. Pic/AP/PTI
Zagreb (Croatia): Argentina football legend Diego Maradona was courtside as Juan Martin del Potro beat veteran Ivo Karlovic to draw his country back level at 1-1 against Croatia in the Davis Cup final on Friday.
Maradona, 56, who inspired Argentina to glory at the 1986 World Cup, watched on with his girlfriend as Croatia went 1-0 up when Marin Cilic battled back from a mid-match collapse to beat Federico Delbonis 6-3, 7-5, 3-6, 1-6, 6-2 at the Zagreb Arena.
But in the second rubber Del Potro left the final all square when he despatched big-serving 37-year-old giant Karlovic 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 6-3, 7-5.
It was a fine performance from the Olympic silver medallist, who had secured Argentina's appearance in their fifth final when seeing off Andy Murray — his Rio conqueror — in an epic five-setter against the defending champions Great Britain in the semi-final in Glasgow.
Del Potro, 28, is a veteran of two losing finals — both against Spain in 2008 and 2011 — while Karlovic is the oldest player to feature in a Davis Cup singles match since 43-year-old Australian Norman Brookes in 1920.
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