Friday, April 5, 2013

Davis Cup Quarterfinal: Argentina vs France - Day 1

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UpdateII
No whitewash this time around - with Pico's victory over Gilles Simon (who apparently had some problems with his back) Argentina draws level after the first day of play. And 1-1 ahead of the doubles, that's the scoreline Jaite and the team were (realistically) hoping to achieve.

So now it's David's and Horacio's turn, in the doubles rubber tomorrow.





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Update
He was able to cause him a lot of trouble but he couldn't beat him in the end. After nearly four hours and after putting up a great fight, Charly Berlocq couldn't stop Jo-Wilfried Tsonga from winning the first point for France.

Now it's up to Pico to try and level the score.






Welcome to Day 1 of the Davis Cup quarterfinal weekend. Also known as the day before David plays.
But today the focus is on Charly Berlocq and on Pico, who will try their best to ensure that this tie won't end like the last one between Argentina and France... Well, at least things basically can only get better.

First up today is Charly Berlocq, just like in the first round against Germany, and back then Charly played a great match against Philipp Kohlschreiber. Today, he's up against a Top10 player but one who's no clay-courter and who (like his teammates) hasn't played a match on this surface in almost a year.

Carlos Berlocq vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
(AAT)
In Charly's words:
Against Tsonga I have to be very aggressive, I have to constantly take the initiative and play at a high level if I want to cause him trouble. He's no specialist when it comes to playing on clay and his serve is not as effective on it as it is on fast courts, where it really makes a difference. (Source.)
And then there's the other factor that's hopefully going to play a big role today. The Parque Roca and that Charly will be playing this match with the help of the crowd. As well as with a little help from his friends, i.e. some tips from his teammates:
I have to be confident and go out there to win. I'll try to make the most of the support from the crowd. Some of my fellow players have given me advice [about how to play against Tsonga] and the support from the crowd will help me a lot, the interaction with the people in the stands will give me strength and confidence. (Source.)
- It'll make him "angry", as Tsonga would put it.


Afterwards, it'll be time for the battle between two very old acquaintances:

Juan Monaco vs Gilles Simon
(AAT)

It's been a terrible season for Pico so far. But the one great match he has played this year took place in Davis Cup, his victory over Florian Mayer (someone you could call his nemesis) in the first round.
In Pico's words:
It's obvious that I don't have the same confidence like last year, I cannot deny that. But I also know that the Davis Cup is a huge motivation for me and that it's where I can regain [my confidence]. In Davis Cup I've done well and I want to go back to playing at the same level I had before. We're up against a tough opponent but I'll do whatever I can to get the win for Argentina. (Source.)
Against Gasquet it would've been a premiere but Pico and Gilles Simon go way back together, as we learned yesterday. And that they now get to face off in his match didn't really come as a surprise.
We knew that if Gasquet wasn't 100% fit they'd play Simon, who was doing intensive singles training together with Tsonga. Matches against Simon are always very tough. We're all under pressure. Our dream is to win, we have to give everything for that. (Source.)
Nothing for me to add but:

VAMOS CHARLY Y PICO!

VAMOS ARGENTINA!!!

50 comments:

  1. Vamos argentina!!!! Sorry I haven't been commenting but I've been reading all ur posts and checkin it everyday its just it takes time to comment. I think the big game today is simon v monaco. Monaco needs to be at his best I think he'll have a shot. Hopefully we can be at least 1-1 b4 el rey plays his doubles!! Btw julia do u know what wilcards hesgetting after davis cup

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  2. If I knew anything about WCs it would be on the Schedule Page.
    We'll see what David says, I'm sure they'll ask him about his plans after the tie.

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  3. Vamos Charly. I didn't realize Pico is 0-5 on the tour this year. Ouch. Just the 2 wins against Germany is it. Great time for a turn around today. I have a good feeling about Charly. I think he might surprise Jo-Willie. Vamos Argentina.

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  4. JoWi is among the players I like apart from David. But today, he really needs to lose. ;)
    Pico, well, I think it's better for him to play Simon, someone he knows very well, rather than an in-form Gasquet.
    But first of all: Charly. If he plays like he did against Kohlschreiber then anything is possible.

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  5. Vamos Charly!!!!! he might surprise Tsonga, why not! the crowd and the team will be there to support him, let's hope for the best :)

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  6. Yep! And nice to see Agustin "El Gordo" Calleri there. :)

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  7. And Charly takes the first set. Vamos!

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  8. Hi guys! How have you all been doing?
    Unfortunately, I can only watch for one hour more thwn I have to go to the university. I hope Charly continues to do well

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    1. Hi there. :) Hope you can watch tomorrow?

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    2. Yes, thank God tomorrow is Saturday ;) I have an essay due tommorrow but I'll try to finish it tonight :)

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  9. And hard work. Hope he can keep it up and that his knee really is okay like he said yesterday.

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  10. Damn. He did so well to hang in there after the break. But that last game was David-esque (ATP David)...

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    1. That and also how few people have showed up. Though it's understandable, of course.
      We'll see how many will come to watch David tomorrow.

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  11. Damn broken in the third set!

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    1. and with this I'm out of here :(
      Vamos Argentina!

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  13. oh Charly :(
    hope he can physically hold on in the 4th... Tsonga's been playing good, good serve.

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  14. He's in control of the match now. But Charly just doesn't give up.

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  15. Charly got a break point, lucky Tsonga he held. still fighting, vamos!!!

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  16. He had 3 BPs in the game before that...

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  17. And he breaks back! Incredible game and also incredible lob there from Charly.

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  18. yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay loving Charly's attitude :)

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  19. Yeah, he's doing such an amzing job out there. :)

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  20. Wow fifth set!!! Incredible! Vamos!

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  21. Charly took it to the fifth set.

    I've always said he is a fighter! The all mighty french team may actually loose this battle. Davis is more trhan rankings. It is about heart and strategy.

    Rafael

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  22. fully deserved 4th set and a 5th we get!!!! yaaaaaayyy!!! Keep it up Charly!
    and Tsonga was right to be mad at the umpire but... it costs him the set...

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  23. hehehe nice forehands there. Hold on Charly!!!!

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  24. He's b een doing quality this match better than I expected! Unlucky to lose it in the end, its a shame but keep the faith! I got hope in Monaco now he has to play at its very best!! VAMOS

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  25. Good fight by Charly. Wish Jo-Willie had to play doubles tomorrow. Now it's your turn, Pico.

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  26. He did what he could, really put up a valiant fight out there. But by the start of the fifth he just couldn't keep up that kind of level anymore.
    Anyway, I need a break now.

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  27. Great fight Charly!

    Now I keep everything crossed for Pico!

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  28. Charly played really well.

    I hope Pico does not disappoint us as he did in the other Davis Cup events.

    Tsonga is the French weapon in this event. No doubt. And Charly gave some trouble to him.

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  29. Charly did what he could and let's hope it will motivate Pico to do the same... but win the point this time!

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  30. Berlocq proved me wrong, although he lost, he fought a brave Fight, now Monaco levels, but France has now the advantage!

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  31. yaaaaaaay Pico!!!!! we'll have a big Tsonga/Pico on Sunday!!!
    David and Horacio better be ready to fight tomorrow, big weekend! :)

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  32. Well done, Pico. Now fingers crossed for the doubles. Pico certainly should be fresh for Sunday.

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  33. I'm really, really happy for Pico. This means so much to him. :D
    And I'm also glad that it's 1-1 now and not 0-2 ahead of the doubles...

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  34. Wow, Pico Monaco played a beautiful match!

    If he plays like that, Tsonga will have a lot of trouble.

    THe doubles match is dificult to predict. David has a strong with Schwank. Zeballos and David did really well against Germany, Llodra and Benetteau are a strong team. Let's see.

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  35. Correction *David had a strong PARTNERSHIP

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  36. David & Edu is the best team in my opinion. And of course they know each other really well. But since Edu can't play David & Horacio is the best alternative. What they did against Söderling & Lindstedt in Stockholm was a small miracle. They'll need to pull off another, bigger one tomorrow.

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  37. And this has got to be my favourite pic from today... lol

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  38. Hahaha love this, shades on and focused on the match :D

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  39. Is it a bird, is it a plane - no, it's Super-Pico! ;)

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