So the Czech Republic will host Spain in the final.
While for Argentina, the Davis Cup season 2012 is over.
I believe it's the first time that the Argentine team has ever suffered a defeat at the Parque Roca, the stadium that so far always used to be their stronghold.
What the consequences of this defeat will be for David, whether he'll try again next year to make his big dream come true or whether he'll give up on trying - impossible to say at this point.
It's the third and final day of this year's Davis Cup semifinal. The Argentine team stands at the brink of defeat. And in the absence of not only David but also Delpo on this final day, it falls to Charly Berlocq and Pico to try and turn the tide.
In the first match of the day, Charly (who replaces Delpo) will face Tomas Berdych. The match of his life, as he called it yesterday. And there can be no doubt that Charly will give everything he can, supported and spurred on by the crowd. Still, it's a huge challenge that awaits him, against Berdych, an opponent he has never beaten before (he took a set off him at the World Team Cup this year), who's ranked 39 places above him and who's also a seasoned Davis Cup player. - A big ask for our Davis Cup debutant. Though there's a certain someone whose very first tie also consisted of playing the doubles and then the fourth rubber.*
In the unlikely though not impossible case that Charly manages to beat Berdych, the tie will be decided in the fifth and final rubber between Pico and Radek Stepanek.
Play starts at 10.45am local (2.45pm GMT/9.45am EST).
*Almost exactly ten years ago, in the semifinal 2002 held in Moscow, David's first ever Davis Cup match was the doubles rubber that he played and won together with Lucas Arnold Ker against Marat Safin and Yevgeny Kafelnikov. A match that went down in tennis history as the longest doubles match of all time (6 hours and 20 minutes; 19-17 in the fifth set). On the following day, David then also played the fourth rubber, replacing Gaston Gaudio. But he lost to Safin, ranked #4 at the time, a fellow survivor of the marathon doubles, and Argentina lost the tie. That's how and when the whole Davis Cup madness started...