Friday, February 1, 2013

Davis Cup vs Germany - Day 1

UpdateIII (02/02)
As German news sites are reporting (for example here), Philipp Kohlschreiber has suffered a tear in his left hamstring, two centimetres in length. Which means he won't be playing any further matches this weekend. Or in the coming weeks.
Germany's captain Carsten Arriens now has to name a replacement for Kohlschreiber in the doubles, either Florian Mayer or Tobias Kamke, until an hour before the match.


UpdateII
Pico has extended Argentina's lead with his 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Florian Mayer. So after the first day of play at the Parque Roca, the Argentine team has a comfortable (and somewhat unexpected) 2-0 lead. And in tomorrow's doubles, David and Horacio will have the chance to clinch the tie for Argentina.




(EFE)
Update
Charly Berlocq has won the first point for Argentina. It was great fight that he put up against Philipp Kohlschreiber and it was an even match - that took an unforeseen turn in the fifth set. At 4-3, Kohlschreiber apparently pulled his thigh while chasing down a drop-shot. After that, he couldn't really move anymore and eventually retired two games later to grant Charly a 3-6, 7-5, 2-6, 6-4, 5-4 RET victory.

How bad Kohlschreiber's injury is and what this means for the other matches (he was supposed to play on all three days) remains to be seen. Still, despite the unfortunate ending - it was a great match that Charly played today. So now it's Pico's turn...


Bienvenidos & Willkommen to day one of the first Davis Cup weekend of the year. And welcome to what will probably be a very close, hard-fought and nerve-wracking tie that will decide what's it going to be for the Argentine team - playing the quarterfinal in April or the World Group play-offs in September.

David will take to the court tomorrow, to play the doubles with Horacio Zeballos. For the two of them, today is the final day of practicing. But they'll also support their teammates, who will get the tie under way for Argentina. And the previews of those matches I'll leave to those, who will play them - Charly and Pico.

Carlos Berlocq vs Philipp Kohlschreiber
(Natasha Pisarenko/AP Photo)
I've been thinking about this match for several days now and against Kohlschreiber I think that first of all I have to play my game but I also have to do it pretty much perfectly for most of the match. It'll be important not to let him take the initiative, not to let him control things from the baseline because then he can be very dangerous. If he manages to push me back [behind the baseline] then I won't like that. I'll try not to give him angles for his backhand, which is very good, and to make the most of the chances I get, to go for it and not to wait because there won't be too many chances. (Source.)
Afterwards, in the second match of the day, it'll be:

Juan Monaco vs Florian Mayer
(Natasha Pisarenko/AP Photo)
Florian Mayer is a talented player. For me, he's the Fabrice Santoro of today, he has a strange game because it doesn't allow for much rhythm, he has a very heavy forehand and an excellent backhand.
[About his poor record against Mayer] I care more about the present, how I am doing now and how he is. Each match is different but he doesn't give much rhythm and that makes it difficult to play with speed. He's a player with a lot of variety. I've never played a best-of-five match against him. It's a challenge and if it's a negative streak that I'm on against him then it can be broken. I'm going to mentally prepare myself for the match, to play the I want to play, the way I can win this match. (Source.)

VAMOS CHARLY Y PICO & VAMOS ARGENTINA!!!

48 comments:

  1. one hour left till the start of the first match!
    Vamos Argentina!!!!
    Kohlschreiber is a tough opponent but hey, it's Davis! Vamos!

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  2. Yep, we need some Copa Davis magic. :)

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  3. Hope the stadium will be packed full as the match goes on because Charly needs a huge support today, already broken and Kohlschreiber being good on clay.
    Vamos!!!

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  4. Jaite on the bench with his shades on, Julia, don't you think he looks a tiny little bit like David this time? (side view) lol :p

    Charly's fighting! Vamos!

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  5. No, I really don't think so. Try as I might, I can't see it. lol

    I think I've read somewhere that it's summer holidays in Argentina at the moment. That would explain the sparsely populated stands.
    But after a shaky start, Charly is playing better now.

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  6. By the way, what I've also read somewhere is that David will get his award tomorrow, after all.

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  7. oh great news, especially if they win the doubles tomorrow :)

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  8. David we see you with your shades on! hehe

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  9. Philipp Kohlschreiber is one of the few players I really can't stand... And that's not going to change today. lol

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  10. Hi guys! I just started watching, it seems things aren't going great so far!
    Mira I see it! The other day I was thinking they look a like from the side :s

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  11. But their faces (and especially their noses) are totally different. I don't get it...
    Anyway - hi there. :)

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    1. You have an eye for details, we are looking at the big picture :p I don't like Kohlschreiber either :)

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    2. On Kohlschreiber, I mean...

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  12. hehe love the crowd!
    serve it out Charly!!

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  13. He's been playing really well but it looks like he's beginning to struggle now.

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  14. Thanks for proving me wrong, Charly. 5th set, here we come!

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  15. my stream died during the entire 3rd set, i'm back for the 5th! Vamos!!

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  16. don't get broken Charly, please!

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  17. Amazing. Every time I leave the computer Charly wins the set. Don't think I can leave this time.

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  18. I was about to say - if you can't beat him then wear him out, Charly. I turn back to my stream - injury break Kohlschreiber...

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  19. Does anybody know what happened? I didn't see it...

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    1. He did something to the back of his thigh while chasing down a drophshot. Impossible to say how bad it is at this point.

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    2. Though it looks pretty bad now...

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    3. Thank you! My stream died several times and of course exactly at that time, too...

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  20. The result we all wanted but not the way we wanted it...

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  21. That's an interesting turn out of the events! But Charly deserved this win, he did really well

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  22. WOW! Never thought we'd get the 1st Rubber.

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  23. The German strategy and hopes rest(ed) on Kohlschreiber, playing 3 matches. Don't see that happening now.

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    1. I agree! Of course not the way we wanted but a point is a point in the end.

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  24. Are you guyz seriouuuuuuuuuus???
    My stream died at 40-0...and there isnt a better place than VD to check whats happening.
    what happened?

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  25. my stream re-died too :/

    too bad for Kohli but a point is a point, and Charly played good to get him to play a 5th set.

    I was about to say the same thing as Julia, at least if Charly doesn't win, he can do his best to make Kohli tired...
    but now... oh well...

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  26. If I didn't know better, I'd think someone had been waving their anti-Ebby pom-poms... ;-)

    Mira, I quite agree, sometimes just digging in and staying in the match pays rewards, and Charly doesn't give up. Of course, he might well have won anyway.

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    1. I'm innocent! I really felt sorry for him... Didn't think that would happen this weekend but here we are.

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  27. Sad that Kohli had to retire even he is no my fave player, injuries are always sad. But indeed Charly played good and could also have won. So fingers crossed for Pico! Vamos!!!

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  28. Kohlschreiber didn't show up at the press conference.

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  29. Pico breaks back, vamos
    BTW is Pico's shirt tighter than usual, or is it just me? and why does he look taller to me :s Maybe I should wear my glasses :p

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  30. yeah his shirt looks tighter but it's all good :D
    Vamos! it'd be great for David/Horacio if Argentina is up 2-0 today!!

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  31. 2-0, so happy and I don't regret watching tennis instead of doing my assignments :D

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  32. Great performances from both Charly and Pico - chapeau!
    Let's hope David and Horacio will follow suit tomorrow. :)

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  33. great 1st day for Argentina, hopefully David and Horacio will win too today :)
    I can feel a very entertaining match! on Germany's side, I wonder how they'll deal with it, Kohli is supposed to play 3 matches...

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  34. wow a 2 centimetre tear... he'll be out for a few weeks, that's too bad...

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  35. When is nalbys match uk time? Can't wait for it

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