DAVID NALBANDIAN and Eduardo Schwank kept Argentina's hopes alive in the Davis cup final by battling to a doubles triumph that cut hosts Spain's lead to 2-1. The Argie duo, partnering for the first time, eased to a 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 win over Spanish pair Fernando Verdasco and Feliciano Lopez.
The South Americans broke five times and stood up to the three they faced to extend the tie into today.
The visitors need to sweep the two reverse singles matches to become the first team in 72 years to rally from a 2-0 deficit.
Nalbandian said: "We played a great game. We're in good shape, and the series is still alive."
But the odds are stacked against Argentina with Spain's Rafael Nadal, unbeaten on clay in the competition, taking on Juan Martin del Potro.
Nalbandian added: "Rafa will be going out to win so Juan has to play his best tennis."