Saturday, April 7, 2012

Davis Cup Quarterfinal - Day 2

(Telam)
UpdateII
David and Edu Schwank have won the doubles rubber for Argentina. After just under five hours, they defeated Marin Cilic and Ivo Karlovic 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-3, 6-7(6), 8-6 to give Argentina a 2-1 lead after the second day.
David's work in this tie is now done - after over ten hours on court. Tomorrow, it will fall to Delpo (or, if necessary, to Pico) to get Argentina to the semifinal.

More soon...



(Juan Mabromata/AFP/Getty Images)

Update
There's been a line-up change - but on the Croatian side. Ivo Karlovic replaces Lovro Zovko.
But David will play together with Edu Schwank (source: AAT).

It's the second day of the Davis Cup quarterfinal weekend, time for the doubles rubber.
And these are the four players, who will contest the doubles. - Theoretically, at least.
As always in Davis Cup, both captains still have the chance to change the line-up or their doubles team. Changes like that can be made until one hour before the match. So it might not be until then that we'll know for sure whether it's going to be David and Edu Schwank against Marin Cilic and Lovro Zovko for the doubles.
David will want to play, there can be absolutely no doubt about that. How well he has been able to recover from his five-hour match yesterday (including alleged adductor problems)
- we'll have to wait and see.

I'll keep you posted.

52 comments:

  1. hmmm hmm thanks for the update Julia! so the Croatian team has decided to go on with their 2 Big Guys... Vamos Argentina!!!

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  2. David looks ok to me.Hopefully its only a minor pain.Good that hes taking 3 weeks off now.

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  3. yeah he's looking good so far, though it's just the beginning. And they've been able to react immediately by breaking back, that's great, Vamos!!!

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  4. Wow, injury or no injury David just isnt himself this weekend.

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  5. I think it's also the conditions. He really hates having to play when it's windy.

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  6. That is also true, but if its that bad for him, why not play Monaco?

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  7. Don't know if it was clear beforehand that the weather would be like this.
    But Jaite will definitely be asked why he didn't play Pico yesterday if they lose this match.

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  8. And theres a good chance they will.I mean its not over but Im just shocked how things are unfolding.

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  9. It's DC. Strange things can and do happen...
    But this match is still far from over.

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  10. yeah, it's not over yet, both David & Edu look better though it's not perfect. Vamos!!!

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  11. Love that David attitude! not over, really not over, a new match has started!! :)

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  12. finally he started to play really well

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  13. He seems to be holding up well so far, physically. Though I've learned to be careful with observations like that.
    But things are looking much better now. :)

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  14. The Parque Roca is really rocking now. Vamos Argentina. Close it out now, guys.

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  15. What a tense match uff.Karlovic seems to be fading the most imo.

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  16. He also didn't play all that well, yesterday. Maybe the Parque Roca is getting to him...

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  17. That and the heat, he also is 33 and playing 2 days is a lot for him even tho his style of play isnt really tiring for him.

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  18. Wow, David and Edu really just gifted them the break.

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  19. How did they lose this set, unbelievable.

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  20. really bad tiebreaker. Edu missed some volley shots, let alone David's DF.
    They really need an early break, I'm afraid of a new 5th set nightmare, vamos!!!!!!

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  21. Ya, Davids DF and Edu missing some really easy volleys killed them.

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  22. everything goes like yesterday till now

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  23. I think the 1st break will be the winning one.

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  24. Also Schwank looks scared to me.

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  25. It looks like the Croatians are holding serve a lot easier.Karlovic looks fresh again.

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    1. Also Cilic is playing better and better.

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    2. If this was meant as a jinx then it worked extremely well, I have to say. ;)

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  26. My poor nerves! But they won! Yay! Didn't expect that they really break Karlo but so good that they won!

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  27. My heart..........too much anxiety. Just a great match,pity it nearly killed me!

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  28. Let's hope it didn't kill David... We'll see what he says now after the match.

    But yeah - what an epic battle.......

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  29. Finally. This is what Davis Cup is all about. What drama. Even if there is a live 5th Rubber tomorrow, I say turn it over to Pico. David's done his job. Ten hours on the tennis court over two days. Delpo better stay away from spicy food tonight.

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  30. Pico was always meant to play the fifth. It's just that for the draw ceremony, you only name two singles players. ;)

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    1. Yeah, I know, but if it's live, you know David. He'd want to play even if he could barely walk. Delpo isn't going to let that happen, though.

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    2. I've just read that Delpo is not 100% sure he can play tomorrow. I don't even want to think about the possible consequences...

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  31. Well, that wasn't stressful at all! :0

    4 hours 59 minutes. David would never have believed he'd be on court so long for two matches - more than 10 hours in total.

    At least his spectator fans got their money's worth. Now they need to buy new sets of fingernails. ;)

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  32. Q: If Delpo is sick and Monaco replaces him, it is possible that Nalbandian plays the fifth rubber?

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    1. Possible - yes.
      And that's the problem...

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  33. Can't believe they have won finally.
    It's windy so Monaco could also have problems otherwise he should beat any of the croats easily. Hope Delpo is ok tomorrow.

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  34. I think Delpo will get the job done tomorrow, if not him than Monaco I think will beat Karlo.

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  35. If he can play then he should be able to beat what's left of Marin Cilic.

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    1. I guess if he could finish the job yesterday he must feel better now.

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  36. Apparently, he doesn't know yet if he can play.

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    1. Oh really, wow.Lets hope Monaco can get it done tomorrow against Cilic.

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  37. But now I'm reading that he was able to train a little today. Hopefully, he'll be okay.

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    1. Good news, makes this doubles victory even more bigger if Delpo cant play in the end.

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  38. Oh no - please let Delpo be okay.
    If Pico has to replace Delpo instead of David, then he just HAS to win. :0
    Then Edu can play the dead 5th rubber. After all, he's barely been on court 5 hours(!)

    They really need a fit (enough to play) Delpo. Even if he's not well enough to beat Cilic, Pico can take tired Karlovic. David just shouldn't be playing again.

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  39. Jaite said at the press conference that Delpo will play tomorrow.

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  40. A nervous effort from all the players in tough conditions, but hats off to Schwank for a good performance out there. Nalby, Cilic & Karlovic will all go to sleep today knowing they could have done better in various parts of the match.

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  41. I think they all had their ups and downs during those five hours. But Edu did great in the fifth set and just how David managed to last another five hours I still don't really know. Even though it's DC...

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