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Juan Martin del Potro hits brilliant tweener lob over Marin Cilic

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Argentina claimed their first Davis Cup triumph with a quite magnificent turnaround on Sunday.

Juan Martin del Potro and co. started the final day's play 2-1 down to Croatia and knew they would have to win the last two single rubbers to prevent Croatia keeping the trophy in Zagreb.

Even prior to the tie, Sunday's first clash between Del Potro and Marin Cilic was touted to be the most significant singles match in determining which nation would be victorious and it certainly lived up to the hype.

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Both men had also been involved in Saturday's doubles match and it looked like the Croat had initially recovered the quickest.

Cilic raced into a two-set lead and required just one last big effort to claim the Davis Cup.

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But Del Potro displayed all of the fighting spirit he has needed to get back onto the circuit following a couple of horrific years with injury and produced a comeback any of the sport's legends would be proud of.

It was all inspired by a moment of greatness early on in the third set.

With Diego Maradona watching on, Del Potro produced one of the best shots of 2016.

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On the Argentine's serve, Cilic had played the perfect point to lob Del Potro and force him backwards with seemingly no escape route.

However, as you can see in the video below, Del Potro overran the ball to hit a stunning tweener through his legs.

Not only did it go over the net, but it also flew over the 6ft 6 Cilic and dropped in the far corner of the court.

With that one shot, the whole momentum of the tie changed.

Del Potro would go on to win the last three sets 7-5 6-4 6-3 and set up a fifth and final deciding rubber.

In the end, his teammate Federico Delbonis made short work of Ivo Karlovic (6-3 6-4 6-2) to complete the turnaround.

Argentina's previous four final appearances had all ended in defeat but there was something very about fitting about one of the many feel-good stories of tennis in 2016, Del Potro, reaping the rewards for all of his hard work just to get playing again.

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Juan Martin Del Potro
Rafael Nadal
Novak Djokovic
Roger Federer
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