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.
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
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!!!