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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.
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.