Saturday, April 6, 2013

Davis Cup Quarterfinal: Argentina vs France - Day 2

(DyN)
Update
It was their third doubles rubber together and it ended with their third victory. After three hours and three minutes, a simply amazing performance and an incredible comeback in the third set, David and Horacio Zeballos defeated Julien Benneteau and Michael Llodra 3-6, 7-6(3), 7-5, 6-3.
So after the second day of play, Argentina now leads 2-1.

More soon...
Photos now on the Photo Page.



After the first two singles rubbers yesterday, and with Argentina and France now tied at 1-1, today it's time for the doubles at the Parque Roca. Time for David and Horacio Zeballos. - And a huge challenge.

David Nalbandian & Horacio Zeballos
      vs Julien Benneteau & Michael Llodra
(Sergio Llamera)

Julien Benneteau and Michael Llodra are the kind of doubles team you don't get to see all the time in Davis Cup - they're both excellent doubles players (with career-high rankings of #15 and #3, respectively). On the Tour, they have a total of 31 doubles titles to their names but the good news is that only two of those they won, playing together. In Davis Cup, they've been the fixed team for France since 2010. And while they've lost two of their six doubles rubbers, on both occasions it took other experts to beat them (the Bryans last year, and Marach & Melzer the year before that).
David and Horacio Zeballos as well are the kind of doubles team you don't get to see all the time in Davis Cup - they won their first doubles rubber (and first ever doubles match together) practically without any preparation. Back then, in Stockholm 2010, David and Horacio stunned their opponents Söderling & Lindstedt with their sheer energy and determination. In the first round this year, they also beat Germany's makeshift doubles, keeping their perfect record. But the match to remember today is Stockholm.
And perhaps with the help of the crowd David and Horacio can pull off another miracle.

VAMOS DAVID Y HORACIO, VAMOS ARGENTINA!!!

58 comments:

  1. Vamos David and Horacio for a big Stockholm miracle!

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  2. Yep! Though they did prepare this time, even with a specialist. But the same energy like back then would be great. :)

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  3. I got a little emotional re-reading your blog post back in 2010 after their victory and so little time to get prepared to play together. Good old memories :)
    hopefully they can surprise us again today! Vamos David y Horacio, let's do this!!

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  4. Who could forget David's last minute trip to Sweden... ;)

    Here's a pic of David and Horacio warming up.

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  5. Not exactly sure why Chucho was doing the toss but nice to see him. :)

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  6. Vamos el rey + zeballos!!! Hope the crowds rlly loud today and its packed! Shd be a good game I think we have a good combo in these 2 and hope they can continue winning run!! What times they were back then.. Jheez

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  7. Thanks goodness it is and they're not getting steamrolled! ;)

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  8. they're doing pretty good actually :)
    David hold please!!!!

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  9. Ohh shit :( He needed to hold there!! FFs but theyve done so well up till now u can see pico is v nervouss too

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  10. No, you didn't. ;) Well, it's been fairly even so far. Let's hope they don't let Benneteau and Llodra run away with it now.

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  11. Come on!! Get in, right back in it!! What was J complaining about>

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  12. That was awkward! Didn't understand a word though but hey they won the second set!

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  13. Vamos Argentina!!!!!!!
    Crowd is on fire, Jaite had to calm them down haha!
    Yayay!!

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  14. I think the umpire called a let because the Argentine fans were too loud. So Llodra had another first serve instead of a second. And Jaite explained it to the fans and asked them to be quiet.

    Anyway - great comeback from David & Horacio. :D

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    1. That's what I thought. My commentary is in French though, so I don't know.

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    2. The head umpire told Jaite he's lucky that Ramos is being so lenient about the noise from the fans...

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  15. Bravo!!! That was a have-to-have set. Vamos David y Horacio.

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  16. Lool yh samee, played a gr8 tie break combined with the errors from them and that smash from llodra lol

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  17. Ohh right yeh thx julia for saying what happened

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  18. I've been out today watching the GB DC team win their doubles match. :) I got home at set point in the second set. Lucky timing!

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  19. Doubles everywhere. No escape. ;)

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  20. I love doubles, cos I play it. :)

    I play on the left, like David does. :)

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  21. But if he ever asks me to be his partner, I will put up with playing on the right. :)

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  22. Oh dear. I thought I might be lucky for them, turning up at set point like that. Now I'm afraid I might be the jinx.

    No, I helped David hold and save the double break there...

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  23. Okay David, now hold serve...

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  24. This is amazing stuff! Hope they hold to win the set

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  25. Wow! From 2-5 to 6-5. Can they hold now? Fingers crossed...

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  26. How silly of Llodra, to give that to David. :)

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  27. Fantastic hold - great play from both. 7-5 and now 2 sets to 1. :)

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  28. Amazing, just amazing... :D

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  29. Now I don't feel guilty that I'm watching instead of writing my essay :p

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  30. This is awesome. Coming back from 2-5 to take set is amazing.

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  31. Awesome! One more set!! Vamos!

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  32. Woowww 3-2 break come on

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  33. and Nalby to close this out!!!!!
    yaaaaaaaaaay they did it!!!!!!

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  34. That was a good match to watch! One more match needed. I hope Pico comes through tomorrow too

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  35. Yesssssss!!!!!!

    Of course, it's all thanks to me, coming home and starting to watch when I did. :0

    I love the way Horacio skips when he's happy. :)

    I must admit, I didn't really expect them to be 2-1 ahead at this stage. A real chance now.

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  36. The Spirit of Stockholm is all I can say to that! :D

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  37. Sorry, I meant - partly thanks to me, and partly thanks to camilia for watching when she should have been writing her essay. ;)

    David and Horacio helped us, of course. :)

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    1. lol I'm off to finish that essay, I mean it's only due in 8 hours ;)

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  38. Incredible, incredible! I'm so happy for the guys!

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  39. so happy!!!! nice to see Pico so happy too, he must think now he has a bit less pressure but a lot more confidence and motivation, hopefully!!!
    David and Horacio showed, once again, that Davis Cup has its own magic!
    French commies are gutted haha! they did a good commentary though, even called David "El Rey" here and there! :D

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    1. I had French commentary too I only got stuff like oh la la :p
      Good news is that I'm looking for a Spanish tutor right now. I'm only doing one class this summer, so this is my chance to learn some Spanish :)

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    2. ha! that's a good idea, vamos! (THE word we all already know :p)

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  40. Absolutely unbelievable. An amazing performance. Here's hoping Pico is up for the task tomorrow. Based on yesterday, I'd say he is. Wow, if it comes down to the 5th Rubber though, what do you do?

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    1. No no no. I really really hope Pico is going to win. First nobody needs the drama and stress, that's inculding the team and fans. Second (a totally selfish reason) I can only watch one match tomorrow.

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    2. Yeah, me too. I sure don't want a live 5th.

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    3. And neither does David, if I may give away that much.

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  41. So happy for the guys! Great team, great spirit! Really was pleasure to watch and go through all the emotions good or not so good! Let's hope for at least one win tomorrow! Vamos Argentina! And special thanks to Istabraq and Camilia for their important contribution :)

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  42. VAAAAAAMMMMMOOOOOOOOOSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS El REY!!!!!!!!!!!

    Hello Julia, hello everybody!!!! Sorry, I haven't had much time to check out VD or comment lately, but it's good to see Nalby pull out another amazing performance after that match against Almagro!!!!!!

    Now let's hope they can win this tie, vamos Pico against Tsonga!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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