One last pic of the Fabulous Four:
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...
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:
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)|
Carlos Berlocq vs Gilles Simon
|(Hans Ruhle; montage by VD)|
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: