Together, they were too strong for Edu and Charly: Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek have won the doubles rubber 6-3, 6-4, 6-3, giving the Czech Republic a 2-1 lead after the second day.
So Argentina will have to win both singles rubbers tomorrow in order to reach the final.
Edit: Martin Jaite has confirmed that Delpo won't play tomorrow (source). Charly Berlocq will replace him.
Meanwhile in Gijon, the American team won the first point against Spain, as the Bryan brothers beat Granollers & Lopez.
Gabriela Sabatini and Diego Maradona were present too, along with other Argentine celebrities. But David was the only one who gave his own press conference (during Pico's match). Which led to some speculations about a certain, important announcement he might want to make...
But David also gave a press conference last year during the quarterfinal tie that he couldn't play. And so there was no important announcement but a general update from David, himself.
About the semifinal tie and having to follow it from the stands:
It's strange to be out [of the tie]. It's not the best feeling to have but these things happen.About Delpo's match:
There are injuries that make you miss [a tie] and it's a shame. But I've come here to support the boys. We have to try and win this very tough tie.
It's a very tough tie. It's going to be a long weekend with difficult matches. Nothing is guaranteed. Hopefully we'll make it through and the team wil be fine for the future.
It's a point that we expected [him to win] because on paper it was predictable, although there was some uncertainty because of the injury. I think that Juan Martin didn't play his best but he won and I hope that he'll be okay to play the [fourth] rubber on Sunday because it's going to be crucial, for sure.About his injury and the recovery:
The tear is bigger than we expected. We tried to speed up the process with the doctors and the coaches but I'm still a long way away from picking up a racquet and training like I would've had to for this weekend. So I had to discard [that idea].About the future:
Right now, my recovery is slow and stable, without much trouble. I'm far from being able to train normally. But the Davis Cup final is still a long way away. So if I get the chance I hope that I'll be ready for that moment. (Source.)
I still can't go on a court and play a little tennis. Hopefully next week. (Source.)
At the end of the year, I'm going to evaluate how I feel and I'll see what I want to do. Right now, I still want to compete. (Source.)Which is the same he has been saying for a while now, so no news on this particular front. But at least he also doesn't sound more pessimistic, despite the injury.
At the Parque Roca, it's time for the doubles rubber today. And as the Czech captain Jaroslav Navratil already confirmed yesterday (though it was clear all along), Edu and Charly will be up against Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek.
The doubles starts at 12.30pm local (4.30pm GMT/11.30am EST).