Points won by each set: [ 31-21, 36-40, 25-35, 31-21, 28-18 ]
Points won directly on serve:
28 % Verdasco – 41 of 144
28 % Acasuso – 40 of 142

In the entire history, Acasuso [48] is rather an obscure figure, but he shares the record of the longest tie-break, and what’s more important, he lost two decisive Davis Cup rubbers – they are separated by two years and their stories are different; in 2006 he lost the 5th rubber to Russia (Marat Safin) while in 2008 he just could keep the Argentinian hopes still alive, however, in a potential decisive rubber Nalbandian should have defeated Feliciano Lopez… You never know, anyway Acasuso (he replaced the injured J.M. Del Potro) finished in tears while Verdasco [16, replaced Ferrer] jumped to a new level following the biggest win of his career. Since the beginning of the 2nd set the match was conducted in a slow pace, it slowed down in the last two sets when Acasuso was struggling with abdominal muscles. The Spaniard led 3:2* in the 4th set when two successive ‘deuce’ games occurred, he won them both… one-way traffic ever since. He finished the 3-hour 56-minute encounter with a forehand down the line clean winner.

Serve & volley: Verdasco 0, Acasuso 1/2

SPAIN d. ARGENTINA 3-1 at Estadio Islas Malvinas, Mar del Plata: Hard (Indoor)
David Nalbandian (ARG) d. David Ferrer (ESP) 6-3, 6-2, 6-3
Feliciano Lopez (ESP) d. Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) 4-6, 7-6(2), 7-6(4), 6-3
Feliciano Lopez / Fernando Verdasco (ESP) d. Agustin Calleri / David Nalbandian (ARG) 5-7, 7-5, 7-6(5), 6-3
Fernando Verdasco (ESP) d. Jose Acasuso (ARG) 6-3, 6-7(3), 4-6, 6-3, 6-1
David Nalbandian (ARG) vs Feliciano Lopez (ESP) unp.

From left: F.Lopez, M.Granollers, S.Ventura, D.Ferrer and F.Verdasco… E.Sanchez (captain)

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