Sunday, September 16, 2012

Davis Cup Semifinal - Argentina Out

Update
(AP Photo)
Charly gave his best but it wasn't enough. Tomas Berdych has won the third and decisive point for the Czech Republic with his 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 victory in the fourth rubber.
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.



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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...

19 comments:

  1. Well, it looks like Charly has to be the miracle worker of the year. I see the odds are about 8:1. Not too bad in a horse race. But this isn't a horse race. VAMOS Charly.

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  2. just got home and tuned in for Charly/Berdych
    Charly is down a set and a break. It's tough for him but Vamos!!!!

    Parque Roca is packed full and needs a big upset!

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  3. Berlocq gave it his all today, good fight but far from being able to actually win it.If David sticks around for next year, the Argentina team needs to look at Berdych and Stepanek at how you treat and play Davis Cup, congratulations to them.I dont wanna question Del Potro's injury or anything but some unusual things have been going on.I doubt the relations in the team are ideal,and until they get that together their wait for the DC will continue.

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    1. What do you mean with 'unusual things', if I may ask?

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  4. Well him getting to the Us Open QF and then putting a beat down on Stepanek.I think he shouldnt have been in the team if he cant play 2 singles.It made the whole team worry more about whether hes gonna play or not than being concentrated on the tie.They would have came into the third day even without him 1-2 down, but thats Jaite's call.I'm just trying to point out that all this drama around the Argentina team never helps them out, your either 100% out or in, kind of get the feeling its David and Delpo trying to see who can be the bigger hero by playing injured and crying after.I dont understand it.

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    1. Interesting point, Adrian. I saw this article before I knew Delpo wouldn't be playing today and thought it was just sour grapes from Stepanek. But it makes you wonder. Argentina's injuries are always cloaked in mystery. I hate to question Delpo, but it was the same way at the U.S. Open. He blew past his opponents, but still there was always the underlying talk about his wrist. Anyway, Charly put up a great fight and another DC has come and gone.


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  5. I'll write a post tomorrow about the tie, the drama, the animosities, and the latest reports about what's going on inside the team.

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    1. So there is something going on, right?

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    2. There's always something going on...

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    3. And thats precisely the reason they never have (yes I want myself to be wrong) and never will win the Cup in the near future.

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    4. I read some articles now... ui... sounds not good what's going on in Argentina's team...
      That there always has to be a big drama...

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    5. Danny Miche is saying that the crowd was singing Delpo Delpo while he was leaving the stadium but I actually saw a video of them booing him while he was leaving, Idk maybe someone from the Czech team was talking so they were whistling to him, dont know.

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    6. Miche says some where whistling/booing, some were singing. Mixed messages, just like with everything else.
      I'll try to "clean up this whole mess" a bit tomorrow.

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    7. I'm not expecting anything new in the way of surprises...but will just offer my $.02. Different personalities, motivations, priorities, commitment levels, experiences, perceptions...you get the idea. That's what this team has always been through and has never worked out successfully..and probably why they will never win a Cup. Sad but true. So, no matter what the end story is and who the blame is placed upon/shifted to, the meme and theme will be the same. No unity...end of story.

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    8. Different personalities, motivations, priorities, commitment levels, experiences, perceptions - that's what every team has to deal with in DC. Right now, for example, we have major drama on the German team (including Kohlschreiber getting kicked out). Only that for them, this is pretty much an exception. While for the Argentine team, it's the rule.

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  6. Than you, Adrian! Thank you Julia for the upcoming report!

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  7. I can't wait to read your report Julia!

    Charly did what he could today, but Berdych is a tough opponent and he'll be a big threat again in the final, in Czech Republic, and on the surface of their choice. Spain better be ready!

    And while we don't know the consequences of this loss for David's schedule for next season, I cross my fingers that he makes the decision to continue for one more year! at the moment, he's still motivated, but after this loss, it's impossible to know, like you said.

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  8. I really hope he gives it another try but its not in his hands anymore.If they are gonna make a push next year Del Potro is gonna be the force thats gonna need to step it up and I think its now becoming clear that he just isnt the guy thats gonna do that.

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