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Juan Martin del Potro was already the feel-good story of the 2016 mens tennis year before this weekends thunderclap ending in Zagreb, Croatia. But his titanic comeback Sunday that sent Argentina winging to its first Davis Cup title just made his year seem more monumental -- and emotional -- and sparked new dreams of how he could stir up the mix in 2017.The sight of Del Potro standing on court, arms outstretched and head thrown back, soaking in the chants and love of the 1,500 or so Argentine fans who had traveled halfway around the world to see it, was the sort of moment he wasnt sure he would ever get to experience. But it was a beautifully fitting 2016 curtain call for one of the most popular but star-crossed men in tennis. Its hard to exaggerate how hard and despair-filled his climb back has been.Del Potro was only 20 when he beat Rafael Nadal in the semifinals and then Roger Federer in the final to win the 2009 U.S. Open, snapping Federers title string at five. No one else had ever beaten those two back-to-back in a Slam by then, and big things seem guaranteed for Del Potro. He already stood 6-foot-6; he could blast the ball off either wing and yet move like a much smaller man. But starting the very next year, Del Potro endured three wrist surgeries and sometimes doubted he would ever play on tour again, let alone find himself standing there Sunday after rallying from a two-sets-to-love deficit for the first time in his career to beat Marin Cilic, and spark Argentinas last-day comeback against Croatia.Federico Delbonis, primarily a clay-courter, finished it off with an assured win against Ivo Karlovic, a man ranked 20 places higher than him, and Del Potro joined the Argentine team as it sprinted out to mob Delbonis on the court afterward, and then hoist the trophy as confetti rained down.It was Argentinas first win in five trips to the Davis Cup final, and Del Potro, who had been a part of two of those previous losses, was so overcome he admitted it was hard for him to speak.Thanks to all those who prevented me from retiring, he said. I was very close to never playing again, and, well, here I am.Del Potro, now 28, had played only 14 matches in all of 2014 and 15, when he started this latest comeback at a small-scale tournament in Delray Beach, Florida, in February. His world ranking had plummeted to 1,042, and the early scouting reports were downbeat. Del Potro still had his sledgehammer forehand, and his serve was fine. But his backhand was a whisper of what it was, and no one knew when -- or if?-- it would come back enough. Least of all him.I dont know if I can be in the top positions again, he said at one point this summer. But if not, I will be happy just to be playing tennis again.But Del Potro adjusted -- Hes a genius, [and] his heart is so big, Argentina Davis Cup captain Daniel Orsanic said Sunday -- and his year really began to take off after he upset Stan Wawrinka in the second round at Wimbledon. He seemed to fall upon something strategic then: using his low-slice backhand as a tempo-changing complement to his booming forehand.From there, it was on to the Rio Olympics, where Del Potro upset top-ranked Novak Djokovic in the first round, reducing the Serb star to tears. Then he knocked off Nadal in their semifinal match.Though Andy Murray -- now the world No. 1 -- beat Del Potro in a four-hour final for the gold medal, Del Potro was again heartened. Playing as a wild-card entry in the U.S. Open a few weeks later, Del Potro roared to the quarterfinals and broke down crying when fans there surprised him by spontaneously serenading him with chants of Delpo in the wee hours of the morning, even though Wawrinka was about to avenge his Wimbledon loss by serving out their match.Del Potro had another breakthrough when he won his first title in 33 months by beating Jack Sock at the Stockholm Open in October.Then, faced with beating Murray again -- this time at last months Davis Cup semifinals in London -- he clawed out a five-set thriller in 5 hours and 7 minutes, the longest match either of them had ever played, to end Britains reign as Davis Cup champs.That win, like Sundays team victory against Croatia, was the sort of unprecedented stuff that was predicted for Del Potro when he was a younger man. His honesty about all the doubts surrounding his career and his tears of appreciation sandwiched between those bookend moments of his career -- his 2009 U.S. Open win and Sunday -- has only endeared him to his fellow players and fans even more.Its easy to understand why. There is always something riveting about seeing someone whose life exceeds their dreams.No matter what happens from here, Juan Martin del Potro just forever became one of those athletes. He has now climbed to the summit of his sport twice. And part of what dignifies him is the shift in perspective and gratitude that has come with it.Im just so happy to be playing again, Del Potro said Sunday, again through tears. This kind of moment is what I was missing. Cheap College Jerseys Outlet . Hargreaves began his career in 2008 with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and has played with the Edmonton Eskimos and last season with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Cheap USA College Jerseys . 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MONTREAL -- Golfer Jack Nicklaus stopped by the Canadiens dressing room Tuesday night and delivered a pregame pep talk about being prepared and not trying to do too much.Carey Price responded with more of his usual excellence, and Montreal did just enough to beat the rival Boston Bruins.Price stopped 41 shots, Paul Byron scored with 1:02 left and Montreal beat Boston 3-2.Byron poked in a loose puck after Alexander Radulov passed it into the crease. The goal stood after a video review.Coach Michel Therrien said he got a call before the game from a friend who said Nicklaus was in town and wanted to visit the Bell Centre.He asked if (Nicklaus) could visit the dressing room, Therrien said. I thought about it and we came up with the idea of having Jack talk to the players and give them the starting lineup.He was amazing. It took the players a few seconds to realize who he was. It was a nice moment.Shea Weber and Alex Galchenyuk also scored for Montreal, which got a second straight win since a 10-0 defeat in Columbus on Friday night.Colin Miller and David Pastrnak scored for the Bruins, who still had legs in the third period despite playing a back-to-back after a 4-0 victory Monday night over Buffalo.Rookie Zane McIntyre had 20 saves for Boston.There are always highs and lows to a game, so its about managing the momentum shifts, he said. I think this building does a good job of magnifying that, too.The Canadiens were outshot for a fifth straight game, allowing 40 or more in three of them.Were getting into trouble lately wwith the quality of our play with the puck, Therrien said.dddddddddddd Its a counter-attacking game and teams try to force the other side into mistakes.We need to win battles for the puck and protect the puck and thats what were having trouble with right now.Boston had a 14-5 shots edge in the first period and kept up the pressure in the second, but Weber got the first goal on a power play 3:58 into the period. That started a run of three goals in a span of 70 seconds.Andrei Markov slipped the puck to Weber on the left point for a blast inside the post for his fifth goal of the season and fourth with the man advantage.Miller got his first of the season at 4:48 when his shot went off the end boards, off Prices stick and in the net.Twenty seconds later, Byron launched a counterattack and Radulov flipped a pass that Galchenyuk controlled for a backhanded goal, his fifth of the season.Boston tied it 2-2 with 1 second left on a power play at 6:38 of the third when Pastrnak took a feed from John-Michael Liles and drilled a shot to the top corner from the left circle. It was the seventh power-play goal allowed by Montreal in its last three games.Game notes David Backes and Torey Krug led Boston with six shots on goal each, and Patrice Bergeron had five. 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