Sunday, April 7, 2013

Davis Cup Quarterfinal: Argentina beats France 3-2

UpdateIII
One last pic of the Fabulous Four:

(@picomonaco)




UpdateII
Charly Berlocq has done it -  he has clinched the tie for Argentina, with his 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Gilles Simon.
For the first time in history, Argentina beats France in the Davis Cup, and moves on the semifinal. There, just like last season, the Argentine team will meet the Czechs, only that it's going to be an away tie this time (September 13-15).
But most importantly, this victory means that David is not done just yet with the Davis Cup...

Epilogue/wrap-up post coming on Tuesday.
I need a break now...



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Update
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga proved to be too strong for Pico, so the tie will be decided in the fifth rubber.
Right now, it looks like the match we'll get to see will indeed be Charly vs Gilles Simon.
I'll keep you posted.
Edit: The French Federation confirms Gilles Simon for the fifth rubber.
So now it's:
VAMOS CHARLY!!!!!


Ahead of the weekend Martin Jaite said the goal for his team wasn't just to make it through to Sunday but to win this tie. Now it is Sunday, and at 2-1 his team is merely one point away from victory and a place in the semifinal. It would be the first victory for Argentina against France in the whole history of Davis Cup.
But more importantly, it would give David a reason to go on playing regularly at least until the US Open.

As mentioned in the previous post, Martin Jaite confirmed yesterday that he's not planning any line-up changes for today. Whereas on the French side we might get to see one.
Here, I'd use the usual photos of the players shaking hands and posing at the draw ceremony. But it turns out that they forgot to make those photos for the reverse singles, so I had to improvise a bit.

Juan Monaco vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
(Sergio Llamera/Hans Ruhle; montage by VD)
The #1 singles players are traditionally up first on the last day of every Davis Cup weekend. In this case, it's also the match between Friday's winners. What history exists between these two clearly favours Tsonga, who won all of their three previous encounters (including two matches on clay). But Tsonga didn't look invincible on Friday and perhaps with the energy from the team and the crowd Pico can pull off the upset. And he'll give everything he can in this match, that much is certain, but if it's not enough then it'll depend on the fifth rubber - and on Charly...


Carlos Berlocq vs Gilles Simon
(Hans Ruhle; montage by VD)
...But whether Charly will get to face Gilles Simon, if it all gets decided in the fifth rubber, that remains to be seen. On Friday, Simon had problems with his back. And although he was seen to be training yesterday, the French captain Arnaud Clement could still decide, up until shortly before the match, to replace him with either Julien Benneteau or Michael Llodra. Perhaps simply depending on who feels ready to play this match today. Charly will be ready for it, I have no doubts about that.

And yet, it would be very nice of Pico to keep David and the others - and us - from having to suffer too much. So now it's:
VAMOS PICO!!!

61 comments:

  1. Vamos Pico!!!! no 5th rubber please, try your best!!
    should there be a 5th rubber, I think French captain will chose Benneteau...
    Still wondering if Jaite will change his mind at the last minute...
    Will have to cope with French commentary again today, vamos Pico! make them gutted again! haha!

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  2. Hello! Is everybody ready?! I hope Pico is :p

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  3. vamos Pico! Tsonga holds comfortably, we'll see how it goes!

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  4. ready here Cami :)
    it's just the beginning, hope Tsonga won't fly away in this 1st set though!
    Vamos!!!

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    1. Yah, it seems Pico isn't ready yet but as you say it's only the start

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  5. how can Pico prevent Tsonga to come to the net where he's great so far so good?
    I think he needs more depth in his shots from the baseline...

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  6. Here's hoping Tsonga loses some steam for a couple of sets. This isn't looking good. I don't know why, but cinco keeps popping into my head.

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  7. Tsonga's aggressive game is bothering Pico, who needs to reduce his errors as well.
    Vamos!!!

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  8. poor Pico, TSonga is in total control of the match.... 5th rubber very likely now...

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  9. Does this mean David is playing next? Cuz if he is, I don't care about my essay, I'll stay up all night working on it :p

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  10. I think David will play fifth match. He is better alternative than Charly.

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  11. David will not play the fifth rubber.
    He is not fit enough for that.

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  12. he tried to move tsonga around but his game was to passive and every ball was way to short today!

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  13. if it is simon i think Berlocq has a real chance!

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  14. Wow, I was thinking Charly for sure if there was a live 5th. Now I don't know. Yeah, go with Charly. Glad I'm not Jaite..

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  15. Charly will enjoy having the crowd helping him I think.

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  16. Charly and Parque Roca. Vamos Charly.

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  17. Juliaaaa, my streams dont work, Valid link asap pls

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  18. http://lsh.streamhunter.eu/static/popups/144015975341640.html

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  19. thnxxxx Bibi, it works just fine

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  20. glad that it worked! Vamos CHARLY!!!

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  21. First set secured. Vamos Charly!

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  22. and am glad i brought some lucks :)
    Its always good to win a set after a comeback

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  23. What's that head-pointing gesturing David's doing all about? (after Charly won the set) Telling him to think...what? Or maybe it's about believing. Charly seemed to be making the same gesture back.

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    1. Starting a DC tradition, maybe ;)

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  24. Noubar, it's your turn to be the winning influence today. :)

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  25. on Twitter, Argies said that David told Charly "con la cabeza y el corazon" (with the head and the heart) so it's probably "their" gesture now! :D
    Noubar, you're our lucky charm! ;p

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  26. Ah that makes sense. Thanks, Mira. Charly always has the heart, I think. David probably thinks he needs reminding to use his head (and keep his head) as well. Not all the players are as clever as David. ;)

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  27. vamos Charly!!!!!! back on serve in this 2nd set! hold on!

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    1. ouch, I should stop those live comments :(
      Vamos Charly!

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  28. This nerve racking but I can't stop watching!

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  29. match after match i realize how berlocq and nalbandian are similar to each other in many ways. the way the scoreboard is moving is so nalbandian like. he broke many many times and couldnt consolidate, i really hope this wont coast him a lot.

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  30. Time for a break, Charly. Otherwise this match is going to last 5 hours. It may anyway.

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  31. he heard you, John!
    Vamos Charly, one more set!!!

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  32. yaaaay Charly, break! now hold till the end!!!! he must be so nervous now!

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  33. hope you guys don't have a heart attack right now...
    nail biting!!!
    Vamos Charly!!!

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  34. How many MPs has Charly had already? About five? And he converts!!! ARG def FRA for a spot in the semis!!!

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  35. thank you Charly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    he did it!!!!!!!

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  36. Thank you Charly, indeed.
    Now David has to go on. It's not over yet. Incredible.

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  37. My heart, my heart.... but WOOOOOOOOO the guys won!!! Vamos Argentina! Fantastic Charly!

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  38. I'm so proud of him! I can't believe they actually won

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  39. the underdogs won the tie! next step won't be easy. We have some time to think about it.
    I'm so proud of Charly, we knew he'd give his all for the team and this tie, he showed it again!

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  40. My thoughts as well, A big thank you CHARLY !!! David will have huge motivation now hopefully! And we'll have the chance to see some more of him!

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  41. Disadvantages of having a French livestream: they moved on once the match was over!
    Ok fine. I'll just go back to working, I'm just 4 hours behind. Wish me luck guys!

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    1. good luck for your work, hopefully you can finish it in time :)
      so much emotion for today!

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    2. Yeah, it's too bad the French stream cut away so quick. The commies were certainly going nuts when Simon broke in the next to last game. Good luck.

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  42. Yay! Months more of David at least! Thanks, Charly. Thanks to ALL of them - it's nice for the team that they all won at least one of their matches, no one has to feel he didn't contribute to the win. :)

    Thanks to the help given by the VamosDaviders too, who selflessly put themselves through the wringer again, neglecting things they should have been doing at home in the interest of bringing luck to the boys. ;)

    And thanks of course to Julia for her continued work on this brilliant site. More to come... :)

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  43. David and Vamos David - not done just yet. :)

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  44. Beautiful victory from Charly!!!

    The French team was one of the favorite ones for the competition.

    Now: Czech Republic and Serbia. Berdych and Djokovic these are the men that separate Argentina from the title.

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  45. the pic of the Faboulous Four, love it :) was it right after Charly's victory? if so, I wonder why Pico and Horacio are both shirtless lol :)

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  46. In one word - champagne. But Charly put on a new shirt after tearing his to shreds. :)

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    1. Charly is entitled to do whatever he likes. He can even tear the other players' shirts to shreds :p

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  47. hehe the Charly trademark :D
    like Istabraq said, it's great that each member of the team won a point and contributed to the win :)

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  48. Great fighting spirit for Berlocq. Czech coming in September. A lot of things can happen until then :) ... like David coming back to top 50 :D
    The Czech team is beatable for sure. Much better than Serbia. Cheers for Argentina and hope to see David play singles also in Davis Cup.

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