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.
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
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
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!