All signs point to an Argentina romp over Spain

Slick hard courts. A raucous home crowd. No Rafael Nadal. Argentina has an opportunity to collar its maiden Davis Cup title in what will be the five most important points the country has ever played.

Originally Published: November 20, 2008
By Ravi Ubha | Special to ESPN.com

Imagine Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer slugging it out with David Nalbandian and Juan Martin del Potro on red clay in Argentina in this weekend's Davis Cup final. Talk about some mighty long days.

Alas, that dream scenario failed to materialize as Argentina understandably picked a hard court to nullify Nadal's clay-court prowess, unaware the world No. 1 would later bail on the event due to a troublesome right knee.

Still, the hosts won't be fretting. Nadal's absence ...

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