Saturday, December 3, 2011

Davis Cup Final Day 2 - 2-1 after the Doubles

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Update
Tomorrow, we'll get to see at least one more match at La Cartuja and whatever happens then, at least Argentina won't go home without a point. David and Eduardo Schwank have kept Argentina in this final and Spain from securing an early victory by defeating Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 6-2, 6-3.

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After the long and emotional day at La Cartuja yesterday and with Argentina on the verge of defeat, today the time has come for David to enter the scene. And to try, together with Eduardo Schwank, to keep this final from turning into a whitewash for the Argentine team.
It's been a while since David last played doubles in Davis Cup. That was during the first-round tie in Stockholm, last year. Back then, David played with Horacio Zeballos and without any real preparation (and without having played together before), they managed to beat Robin Söderling and Robert Lindstedt. - All kinds of things can happen in Davis Cup and especially in the doubles.

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Feliciano Lopez & Fernando Verdasco vs David Nalbandian & Eduardo Schwank
David and Eduardo Schwank have played doubles together before. Once. That was three years ago at Basel 2008, where they immediately made it to the semifinal. Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco not only play doubles regularly on the Tour together, they are also Spain's fixed doubles team. And they've already played a dozen doubles rubbers in Davis Cup, including the one they won at Mar del Plata (against David and Agustin Calleri).
In short, it's a very experienced team that David and Edu Schwank find themselves up against today. But also one that has had its problems, this year. And especially towards the end of the season. Lopez and Verdasco have been on a losing streak ever since the Masters in Montréal (where they lost in the second round). And their comprehensive defeat against Michael Llodra and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the Davis Cup semifinal tie against France (where they only managed to get three games) raised some doubts about whether Spain's captain Albert Costa should rely on them for this final. But Costa decided to stick with Lopez and Verdasco, the recently not too successful but still very experienced pair of lefties.
In terms of Davis Cup success and experience, David is of course far ahead of Edu Schwank, who's playing his fifth doubles rubber in what's his sixth tie (for David it's the 17th doubles and the 22nd tie). But Schwank is the best doubles player Argentina has to offer, with a Roland Garros final this year and a US Open semi (last year) to his name. Apart from that, they know each other well, as Schwank used to be coached by David's brother Javier and they often trained together in the past. But in this match today, everything will depend on whether they can manage to complement each other. And whether they can deal with the pressure of having to play this match with their back against the wall.

VAMOS DAVID & EDU!!!   VAMOS ARGENTINA!!!

61 comments:

  1. sorry but argentina has no chance now.

    feli lopez is a good doubles player, better thank schwank and in good form.

    well, only a miracle can win argentina this tie.

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  2. Schwank has had a far better season than Lopez, despite having been injured for part of it. But neither Lopez nor Schwank will be playing this match on their own.
    A doubles team can be more than the mere sum of its two players - that's why I mentioned Stockholm in my post. ;)

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  3. thats nice but soderling is not a doubles player and is weak at the net. both lopez and verdasco are better in that area.
    i really want argentina to win this but i am being realistic here.

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  4. its a real shame, if this tie was played on hard, argentina would have won im sure.

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  5. Lopez and Verdasco are no longer ranked among the Top100 doubles teams. They've had a horrible season, they've lost their last seven or eight (I think) consecutive matches and a lot of people in Spain didn't want them to play in this final.
    I think that David and Edu have a good chance, also because they had time to prepare (at Stockholm, David and Zeballos had no real preparation, while Söderling did play with Lindstedt, occasionally).

    If you've read yesterday's comments you'll know my opinion about Argentina's chances at this point. But still, David and Edu will try everything in their power to keep the result respectable for Argentina. That is also very important - and I hope they can make it.

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  6. Vamos Argentina!!!! 15mn left.

    they have a shot on this one, don't worry, David will make sure he and Schwank give their best.

    (totally off topic : Schwank is soooo cute lol)

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  7. Verdasco doesnt really have good volleys,I think were gonna see the reverse singles.

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  8. haha Verdasco isn't at his best.

    DelPo better get ready for tomorrow!!!! so far so good out there

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  9. nadal and marc lopez...far better doubles team than them.....or even nadal and feliciano lopez...

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  10. I'm glad Costa went for Lopez and Verdasco. :)

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  11. sure, especially Verdasco! haha

    I'm starting to think, DelPo looks exhausted... not good for tomorrow unless they (can?) choose someone else.

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  12. so if Davis cup matchs were best of 3 sets....Arg will be leading 2-1 so far...haha..

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  13. LOL verdasco is dreadful out there and lopez isnt far

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  14. so Arg lost the Davis cup in just one set...If Delpo had won 4th or 5th set ystrday...Arg will surely win the Davis cup..with Nalby beating Ferrer in last match...omg

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  15. I guess Delpo will be ok for tomorrow but I just cant see him beating Nadal.

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  16. sure Adrian.
    not to worry but DelPo couldn't beat Ferru yesterday though he had some chances... I'm afraid he won't beat Rafa either :(

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  17. Djoko defeated him twice earlier this year...even murray won a set against him in monte carlo where nadal lost nearly 20 games in semis and final...so y cant Delpo ???..lol

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  18. remember Delpo is a clay cout specialist too....moreover Ferrer is playing better than rafa in later part of season..

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  19. 5 sets in semis against Fed in french open.....so Delpo can do it...

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  20. Its possible,but really unless Nadal rolls a ankle its mission impossible.

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  21. I wish David served like this on tour.

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  22. two words. David in DC

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  23. i hope nadal plays bad tomorow... lets remember delpo and nalby are bad matchups for him and also nadal got bagelled a few weeks ago

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  24. okay so David/Edu got the job done in straight sets, I'm really proud of them, Edu Schwank was really strong, showed no signs of nervousness. David, the team's pillar, as usual.

    so... tomorrow is another day :D

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  25. Can Vazquez replace Delpo with Nalbandian for the Nadal match and save Delpo for the 5th? Is that within the rules? Anyone here know?

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  26. I hope now everyone understands why I was upset yesterday and thought they had a huge chance to pull this miracle off,it could have been 2-1 and David would get a shot at a tired Ferer,now Delpos gonna have to bring some magic to give David the chance.

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  27. GOD i pray to you, let Delpo beat Nadal tomorrow, so david can have his dream match on his own hands. am almost sure our david will beat their david with this spirit, but delpo?? dude you really screwed things up yesterday, am feeling it today

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  28. I think he can use David for Nadal but then a player ranked under David could only play the 5th rubber if David were to win.

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  29. David could theoretically play against Rafa but Delpo can't be saved for the fifth - he has already played against Ferrer and is Argentina's #1. And since Monaco already is Argentina's second singles player, that would leave Edu Schwank for the fifth rubber.

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  30. Monaco has only played against Rafa, why can't he play against Ferrer and David against Rafa?

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  31. That's what I just said. :)

    It would be possible but I don't think that Tito will replace Delpo with David.

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  32. am not sure Ashot, its a scenario, maybe not the wrongest decsision since delpo might be tired.

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  33. Do you think that David can beat Rafa, best-of-five on clay?

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  34. I think Delpo will play Nadal.Maybe he can pull off a Soderling 2009 French performance,thats the only way to beat him.

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  35. if Nalbandian serves like he did today he would be able to beat nadal the same for del potro. he is a big man he must serve well!against ferrer he didnt serve well!I dont think so monaco would have any chance against ferrer even if i am aware of that he won in valencia!vamos atgentina

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  36. the thing is, I don't think David can beat Rafa in best-of-five on clay, Rafa on home soil!!
    So I think it's better to give DelPo a chance, and pray that he beats Rafa so David can play the match of his life tomorrow...
    IMO that's the only "realistic" scenario.

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  37. and even if David plays and beats Rafa, I don't think either Pico or Schwank will beat Ferrer...
    so... they better keep DelPo vs. Rafa and hope that he'll give his best.

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  38. monaco has a good record against ferrer waoo

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  39. But he doesn't have a good record in DC.

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  40. Monaco would lose the 5th rubber I think.Lets see if Delpo can finally win a point in the DC final.If he does,I have no doubts about how the 5th rubber will go.

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  41. If it rains tomorrow are they gonna play?

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  42. If it doesnt rain through the roof again and it gets impossible to play - yes.

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  43. i like your new picture Julia

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  44. Me too, that's why I changed it. :)

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  45. from DC website: But far from it. Captain Tito Vazquez has a huge decision to make ahead of the reverse singles on who might have the better chance against Nadal, who simply outclassed Juan Monaco on Friday. The current line-up sees del Potro take up the challenge with Nalbandian saved for the fifth rubber should it go down to the wire. After today’s performance however, there were mutterings of Nalbandian perhaps having the greater fight to take on Nadal, given del Potro’s knackered state after being run ragged by Ferrer in five sets. Good news for Argentina though: he “feels good”, he says.

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  46. It was clear from the start that there would be speculations like that in case David & Edu win the doubles.
    And David did play really well today. But still, Rafa is... Rafa.

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  47. By what time GMT does the decision have to be made on whether to leave DelPo in against Nadal? Can they wait right up until moments before the match?

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  48. The deadline for that rubber is one hour before the match - 11am GMT.

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  49. You should know the rules by now, Chris.

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  50. I have the feeling that delpo will make it up for you guys tommorrow by beating rafa ..

    then , nalby and us will be thankful

    ohhh , GOD please make it the happiest day in david's life .
    he deserves winning DC

    from ASIA .. TALAL

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  51. we are all David die hard fans here but really, do you think he can beat Rafa on clay at best-of-five (I repeat, best of five). I know it's DC final and all the stakes around it but....

    Davis Cup official account tweeted yesterday that Tito said DelPo will be ready for tomorrow (i.e today)... that probably means he'll choose DelPo. Wait and see.

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  52. @Mira...u dnt knw David...y we love David...??....coz of his talent ...he is the only player in the game to change the DIRECTION OF BALL so easily with stunning groundstrokes ( both backhand and forehand )...all the players wen playing their best...they hit the ball very well...but David at his best ..changes the direction of ball..& makes the opponent unsettle...so David can beat rafa... ;)

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  53. Daniel, sure I know that and I agree with you. David at his best can beat Rafa and he proved it in the past.
    I'm not questioning his talent nor his ability to play smart, stunning groundstrokes and all.
    But I was more asking about his physical ability to maintain high quality if they have to play 5 sets. My question is only about his physical strength, not his talent. And people here know that.
    Yesterday he played really well but let's not forget it was doubles and Edu Schwank was a great partner.

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  54. If David plays his best.....he won't allow the match to enter 5 sets...jst 3 sets enough.. ;)

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  55. We're talking about Rafael Nadal and clay here.

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  56. But I'm talking about David Nalbandian at his best ;)

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  57. I think you're talking about pre-hip surgery David Nalbandian. ;)

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  58. haha..bt I saw pre-hip surgery Nalbandian against Ivan Dodig in Stockholm ;)

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  59. He was playing Ivan Dodig. Not Rafael Nadal on clay. ;)

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