Rafael Nadal today guided Spain to Davis Cup glory over Argentina - and immediately announced he will sit out their title defence in 2012.
Nadal gave another demonstration of his fearsome will to win to overcome Juan Martin del Potro in four sets and hand the Spanish an unassailable 3-1 lead this afternoon.
The world No 2 was comprehensively outplayed early on but fed off the energy of a raucous crowd in Seville to hit back for a 1-6 6-4 6-1 7-6 (7/0) triumph in just over four absorbing hours.
It was a fifth world team crown for the Spanish but their hopes of making it six receded within an hour when Nadal confirmed a crammed schedule - made worse by the London Olympics - would prevent him from participating next year.
He said: “Next year I will not play. Next year is a very complex year. It’s an Olympic year. I have been, for many years, one of the players that plays the highest number of games in a year, and I don’t want to over play.
“So next year my participation in the Davis Cup is impossible. Thank God Spain has a good level of players, and there are many good players that will replace us that play really high-level tennis.”
Nadal added: “I had some really tough moments during the match, but I was all the time believing in myself to try to win.”