Saturday, February 2, 2013

Davis Cup vs Germany - Day 2: Doubles with David

(Eduardo Di Baia/AP Photo)

















Update
David and Horacio have done it: They've clinched the tie for Argentina with their 6-1, 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 victory over Christopher Kas and Tobias Kamke. So it's another quarterfinal for David and the team and not the World Group play-offs. There, Argentina will meet France. It'll be another home tie for Argentina (April 5-7).

A big, long post about the tie and David's comeback and the award he got and everything else tomorrow.
Edit: Lots of photos from the match now on the Photo Page.


(AAT)
















It was supposed to be a crucial match at a potentially difficult stage, against a well-versed doubles team. Now the doubles will still be a crucial match but the situation for David and Horacio Zeballos could hardly be any better - with Argentina up 2-0 and Germany's best player out of the doubles and out of the tie.
As mentioned in the previous update, Philipp Kohlschreiber suffered a severe hamstring tear yesterday.
Therefore David and Horacio will be up against Germany's "emergency doubles", consisting of Christopher Kas, playing with Tobias Kamke (source).

So it's David's and Horacio's chance today to secure a place for Argentina in the quarterfinal - five and a half months (164 days) after David's last official match at Winston-Salem. And almost three years after David's and Horacio's first and rather memorable doubles rubber in Stockholm 2010.
Perhaps, there couldn't be a more appropriate setting for David's return than this - playing a potentially decisive Davis Cup match at the Parque Roca  (and he'll also receive his Commitment Award ahead of the match today).

It's difficult to know what to expect from David, after almost half a year without competitive tennis. And it's also difficult to know what to expect from the German doubles and the match in general. But now David is back at last and in the words of Pico:
We have faith in him. Everybody knows that he's the king.
(AAT)

51 comments:

  1. I like the last pic, we'll get to see them chatting up that way in a few hours! :)
    Vamos David and Horacio!!!

    and Pico's right : we have faith in El Rey!

    again, too bad for Kohlschreiber...

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  2. For the record, it's Kamke's first ever DC match and Kas and Kamke have never played together before.

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  3. And according to Bet365, David is playing together with Carolina Zeballos. lol

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  4. David and his award on Argentine TV - pic here.

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  5. Hahaha looks like Davis Cup has now mixed doubles :D

    Kas/Kamke 1st match together, in front of Argentine crowd, not the easiest debut for the pair...

    Vamos!!! my stream shows Italy/Croatia doubles, hope they'll change the match!

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  6. thank you Julia! aaaah too they didn't show it here :( :(

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    1. I'll try to find a video of it later. :)

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  7. David and Horacio on my stream!!!
    Vamos guys!!!

    (okay, I stop flooding... lol)

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  8. Hi David, nice to see you playing again. :)

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  9. I like David's shirt with this touch of yellow :) a bit tighter than usual, no? enjoyable for the eyes though lol
    beautiful volleys so far!

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    1. It seems everbody are going for tighter shirts, and who are we to complain ;)

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  10. I'd say it's not necessarily the shirt that has changed... lol

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  11. First set secured, two to go! Vamos :)

    What's really funny if this was football, I'd be cheering for Germany cuz Germany is my second favourite football team while Argentina is my fourth :p

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  12. Hehe David and Horacio are pumped. 2 more sets, please!

    Lol Julia, let's say David has been bulking up :D

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  13. It's been almost half a year. That gets pretty obvious in this match.

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  14. good thing David wasn't named to play singles match, today he's having a helpful assistance by Horacio, it's a good match for a comeback :)
    Vamos!!

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  15. My stream doesn't like that much (after watching 5 minutes, it crashes, I think I make a complete restart), so I can't judge how David is playing. Is it that bad? Or normal for not playing that long?

    Great! 2 sets! Vamos!

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    1. Which one are you using? The ran.de one?

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    2. Yes first it was ran. Now I'm watching one from streamhunter after restart and it seems to work fine for now! Didn't know what was wrong with that one before... I watched something different via stream before perhaps that was too much...

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    3. The ran.de stream works like a charm for me. Strange...

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    4. I'm brave and try it again with ran.de :-) ... I think there was a complication with the stream, I watched before, perhaps too much traffic or something like that.

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    5. Until now running fine :-) Seems to have been a problem not connected with that special stream. Yippeah!

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  16. OK, one more set. I think it was you, Mira, who noted a resemblance between David and Jaite. I just noticed it too, especially with Jaite wearing a hat and sunglasses. Who would have thought Argentina could clinch on day 2. Amazing.

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  17. I'm beginning to think something's wrong with me... lol

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  18. Because I can't seem to see that resemblance, I mean. ;)

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    1. There's nothing wrong with you, you are just special :p

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    2. That's what I keep telling myself... :)

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  19. Nalbys playng decent for a comeback match, el rey! Theyre gunna finish it strauight sets hopefully!

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  20. Those livestreams suck today, they keep going off. I found one now, hopefully it will work till the end of the match!

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  21. I would've loved to watch this one on TV - but no coverage at all in Germany... At least, we get a free HD stream here.

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    1. Which is strange giving that Germany is playing :s

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    2. The days of Boris Becker and Steffi Graf are long gone...

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  22. Honestly guys that match point dive/fall was something! I can't stop laughing :D

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    1. Yes, yes, yes same here! David also laughed so much!

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  23. Come on! The king is back! So glad they got through! Vamos david, that was pretty decent for a return match

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  24. I missed it. :( Thought it would be later.
    Good result though. :)

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  25. It was hard but I got it!
    I looked here: fromBAR.tv ex sportLEMON.tv
    Julia From Budapest :))

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  26. I'm sorry I looked on the web. Julia Bp.

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  27. On a different note, I just saw that the record for the longest doubles match of all time no longer belongs to David, Lucas Arnold Ker, Marat and Yevgeny Kafelnikov.
    They're still playing in Geneva, for over 6 and a half hours now...

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    1. Unbelievable... I forgot to look after the match and wanted to see who won and saw they are still playing... Wawrinka and Berdych have to play the first singles tomorrow against each other...

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    2. It's over now, after 7 hours and 2 minutes...
      Well, then good luck to Berdych and Wawrinka tomorrow.

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    3. Those poor guys... 7 hours playing... I feel tired with only thinking about it!

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  28. Anyway, it was good to see David playing again. :)

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  29. Great win for Argentina. The boys who played certainly strengthened their bond as teammates. This will pay dividends down the road, I'm sure. Also a nice way for David to make his comeback.

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    1. Getting a little help from a friend. ;)

      I think they all got along really well and that makes life easier for everybody (also for me, having to keep up with their shenanigans). But the German team was a mess from the moment on that Kohlschreiber got injured. And France in the QF will be a completely different matter. Including the doubles...

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    2. Yep, but at least we can enjoy this one for a while. I'm sure we would have live rubbers tomorrow if Kohlschreiber didn't get hurt, but probably still be up 2-1.

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    3. I'm not so sure about that. But well, we'll never know.
      I definitely expected the tie to be decided on Sunday, as did everybody else. I'm glad it didn't happen. And I'm glad that David didn't have to play a live fifth rubber.

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  30. Congrats David and Horacio! Vamos Argentina!!!
    My stream crashed multiple times until I watched the TyC one!
    I'm glad each member could win a point for the team, happy to see David back on a court, and get along very well with Horacio, as usual.

    Haha Julia you'll eventually notice the resemblance :p

    Anyway, France is another story and this time, it'll be really tough, especially since French team has several good players, their captain will have choice. We'll see.

    A good weekend!!!! :)

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