Friday, December 2, 2011

Davis Cup Final Day 1 - Spain up 2-0

UpdateII
(Telam)
After the first two singles rubbers and a total of over seven hours of tennis, the worst case scenario for Argentina has become reality.
After Juan Monaco was chanceless against Rafael Nadal, Juan Martin Del Potro lost the second singles rubber to David Ferrer, who won their five-set battle 6-2, 6-7(2), 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Spain now leads 2-0 and is merely one point away from winning a fifth Davis Cup title. While Argentina is on the brink of defeat...
But that's not the reason David shed a couple of tears at La Cartuja today. It was listening to Argentina's national anthem during the opening ceremony that moved him.
In tomorrow's doubles rubber, it'll now be up to David and Eduardo Schwank to try and keep Argentina in this final...


Update
Juan Monaco threw everything he had at him but in the end, he didn't stand a chance against the "King of Clay". After just under two and a half hours, Rafael Nadal prevailed 6-1, 6-1, 6-2, winning the first point for Spain. In the second rubber, the pressure is now firmly on Delpo...


Bienvenidos and welcome to the first day of the Davis Cup final at Sevilla's La Cartuja stadium!
We won't get to see David on court today (only supporting his teammates from the sidelines) but still, it's two very important matches that we have on our hands, the first two singles rubbers...

(Javier Soriano/AFP/Getty Images)
Rafael Nadal vs Juan Monaco
When these two friends last played against each other, it was Juan "Pico" Monaco who came out as the winner. That was at Cincy 2007, when Nadal retired, down a set and a double break. Their other two matches, however, took place on clay. And both times, Nadal won very comfortably, merely granting Pico two and four games, respectively. This year, Nadal met his match on clay, in the shape of Novak Djokovic. And the tail end of his season certainly didn't meet his own expectations. Still, on clay Nadal is a phenomenon (the best clay-courter ever, according to David) and needless to say, he has never lost a Davis Cup singles match on this surface.
So of course, Pico will be the complete underdog in this match and nobody really expects him to win it - but perhaps this lack of expectations can help him a little. As well as the good results that he was able to post at the last few tournaments he played.

(Javier Soriano/AFP/Getty Images)
David Ferrer vs Juan Martin Del Potro
It's going to be their fifth encounter (match record: 2-2) but the first one on clay. In the past, Delpo has shown that he's able to beat Ferrer, and easily at that, on hardcourt. And he won both of their last two matches in straights (after having had to retire, the first time they met and losing the second time on grass). But two and a half years have gone by since Delpo's last victory, which took place at Miami 2009, the year he won the US Open. And of course the surface, as well as the situation, is a different one today. During this season, Delpo has made an amazing move back up the ranks to just outside the Top10 but he hasn't played since Valencia. David Ferrer on the other hand came to Sevilla, having made the semis at the World Tour Final. Ferrer has said that he's tired after the long season he's had but also that he's determined to give his all in this final. And his Davis Cup record on clay is just as impeccable as Nadal's. In short, this will be a really tough match for Delpo. And much more so in the not unlikely case that the Argentine team finds itself trailing after the first rubber.

Tito Vázquez has said that Argentina's goal is for the scoreline to be 1-1 after this first day. Can a first point be won against the "Spanish Armada" today? We'll find out. VAMOS ARGENTINA!!!

64 comments:

  1. On a DC-related note: Argentina's first-round tie against Germany next year will take place on an indoor clay-court at the Bavarian city of Bamberg (February 10-12).

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  2. Bamberg, I have never heard of that city before, lol. Is it easy to get to, or is it going to be a nightmare?

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  3. I guess the Argentine team will have to look it up... But it's in the north of Bavaria, not too far away from Frankfurt and its airport.

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  4. wow I hope you'll have the chance to go and watch the 1st round tie in Germany :)

    I love the Ferrer/DelPo picture, short and tall lol.

    one hour left, I'm so nervous!!!

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  5. hehehe Julia, Nadal still thinks David might show up out of nowhere. Well a part of me still thinks that too.

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  6. He will show up - but not on court. ;)

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  7. i know i know, just saying david is weird lol

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  8. He'll be suffering, watching those watches... Won't be easy for him.

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  9. yea he already said its weird not to play in day 1.
    i know how much he loves those kind of atmpsheres and challenges.
    15 min left

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  10. Nervous nervous. I hope there'll be lots of Argentina armada fans to make some noise! (like they did in Belgrade lol)

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  11. And at least one VamosDavider is there at La Cartuja - Denise, who was also in Stockholm and took photos there.

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  12. Wow tense atmosphere,Monaco needs to try to keep Nadal on the court as long as possible even if defeat is staring him in the eyes.

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  13. He'll try... But already after watching the first couple of games I'm even more glad that David isn't playing this match.

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  14. Pico has no chance,hes playing at 90% of his abilities and I fell like Nadal has quite a few gears left to go up to if needed.

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  15. same thoughts as Julia, Rafa is way too good, Pico is trying hard but... not enough :(

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  16. Well, nobody really expects Pico to be able to beat Rafa. He's the "sacrificial lamb" here, as it's been called in the press.

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  17. Pico has to play to the end,every moment he spends on court with Nadal is a little help to Delpo when he will face Nadal.This is Juans only match,at least I hope he puts in a die hard performance which I think he is doing.

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  18. Did I just see Nalbandian's mom there?

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  19. You probably did. David's mom is in Sevilla, as well as both of his brothers and his girlfriend.

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  20. Any one noticed ?? Vamos Argentina is a worldwide trending topic in twitter few mins ago ...

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  21. Right now, it's Mónaco.

    Hope he didn't hurt himself, there.

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  22. ouch Pico :(
    at least he kept fighting as much as he could.
    Come on DelPo!!!! it'll be tough but this should be challenging.

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  23. I cant even imagine whats going through Davids head...

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  24. He's still alway, practicing, isn't he.

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  25. David knows he has to win the doubles tomorrow. He doesn't seem to look very worried though :(

    come on DelPo, time to wake your serve up.

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  26. Why is Delpo so afraid of coming to the net??

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  27. That's not really his kind of game, is it.

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  28. I know but there were some points where he really needed to,I mean it would be super easy volleys.Good he won the set.

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  29. Yes so good he won the set! My poor nerves...

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  30. And the classic "win the tiebreak, lose your next service game" routine...

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  31. Are we watching the 2009 US open,Delpo is in god mode.

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  32. What a comeback after the slow start in this set. Well done, Delpo. Let's hope he can keep it up. :)

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  33. critical time here!!!!
    DelPo must hold! Vamos!!

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  34. Delpo looks out of gas.

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  35. damn :( I'm afraid of this 5th set coming up...
    Ferrer looks fresher

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  36. And Ferru also serves first... This is not good.

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  37. I dont see Delpo taking this.

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  38. he looks so tired :(
    and he hardly tries to hide it, these Ferrer's dropshot will kill the game :(
    vamos!!!

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  39. Wow,looks like another DC chance goes by.

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  40. Well, I think that it was always just a small chance that Argentina had (or has) in this final.

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  41. I know but 3 lost finals is just too much.Ferer has so much heart,staying in it when he was down,congrats to him.If David and Schwank pull off the doubles,can David play Nadal and MOnaco Ferer?

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  42. Spain at home on clay is the toughest team you can face in DC. And I think the way David kept talking about the draw next year, he had a realistic view of their chances here from the start.
    David could play against Nadal theoretically but if you think that he'd have a chance against him then I'll have to disagree with you.

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  43. exactly, Julia.
    now I understand why David kept telling this is not their ultimate chance to win DC...

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  44. More than Delpo I think,I doubt Davids even gonna come out strong in 2012,Im not buying that hes just gonna go home and not be upset.I think its was just never meant to be.

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  45. Yeah, and because it was never meant to be he won't be as upset. I mean, this is nothing like Mar del Plata.

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  46. Come on guys,this is the last chance.Its 4 ties during the year.Thers probably gonna be a tie where either Delpo or David are not healthy.I really cant see them making another final.

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  47. Getting homes ties is crucial in DC. Next year, Argentina will have home ties against all the big nations. That's an important factor.

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  48. the scoreboard said that delPo won. What happened?

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  49. Ok, ignore the DC scoreboard. Now, Ferrer has won. For all I know, the score is wrong.

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  50. If both David and Delpo are healthy all year,they do have a good chance then.But Davids 30 and lets be honest has already played his best tennis,I cant see them making another final.I hope David and the whole team can bounce back but I just dont see it happening.

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  51. I think there's a bigger chance of the team making another final than of turning around this one. Most of all because of Rafa.
    Apart from that, David and Delpo were not both healthy throughout this year - and they still made the final. ;)

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  52. Well they have a chance next year,theyre about the same strength as France and Serbia but they have 0% this year.I just cant believe that this wont leave a mark on David and that he will just fly back and start training for the AO the happiest guy in the world.I think its gonna leave a big mark.

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  53. As I've said, I think that David has been realistic about their chances from the start and focusing also on next year is a way of not letting this final have too much of an impact. I think that's a good way of dealing with it.
    This is also my third DC final with Argentina and this time, the way he's been talking about the final and their chances has been very different.

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  54. Well, i didnt think Argentina had a chance to win this tie, but today i did. they really couldve done something. Delpo was taking full charge of this match untill ferrer woke up again. If david was to play the doubles with a 1-1 and win. When its on the hands of david, a 5th rubber, we all know thats a chance, a big chance.
    I understand how furstrated david is, to have a dream that cant be achieved unless Delpo does something. We cant blame delpo, he gave his everything, i guess. But lost the chance of dominating a tired ferrer in the very first of set 4, where i said, this match could be over in 15 minutes, it didnt.

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  55. total points won 149-149

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  56. Yeah. but Delpo hasn't played that much lately. That's also a disadvantage, not only being tired. Especially when it comes to keeping up a high level of playing - and that's what he had to do today. I think he did everything he could in this match.

    Still, I wouldn't treat it as a given that David would beat Ferru if it came down to the fifth. Of course he plays better in DC. But still, on clay against Ferru - that would be a tall ask, also for David in DC.

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  57. That moment was crucial when Del Potro missed the point at an easy volley at 15:15 and 1:1 in last set. Everybody expected that Ferrer gets tired after 2:1 set-lead but it was the opposite.
    Julia, you was right about "has Ferrer ever got tired?" lol. And he is 29 like David, but David got also physically stronger in last time and didn't lost mainly because of physical weakness.

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  58. Agassi must motivate David for next season and refresh his opinion how well he did when he was 30 adn even with 35.

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  59. As long as he doesn't invite him to do certain other things... ;)

    Delpo: "Sometimes, playing well isn't enough."

    Ferru: "The best match of my life and probably the toughest one I ever had to play."

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  60. wait wait. I'm missing something, will Agassi be around David for next season ?

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  61. No, I think Ashot just wants David to be inspired by how long Agassi stayed on the Tour. ;)

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