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.
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.
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
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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
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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!!!