The weather was even worse today than it was yesterday, and the French team organised a training session at a club with indoor courts this morning (where the Argentine team was supposed to later train as well). But somewhere in-between the weather-induced chaos, everyone met at the Parque Roca's press room for the first round of press conferences ahead of the quarterfinal tie.
Meanwhile, it's still not clear whether Richard Gasquet will be the second singles player for France or whether Gilles Simon will take his place. We'll find out on Thursday.
After the French team it was then Argentine team's turn. And this quote here by Martin Jaite basically sums up what the captain and his players had to say about the tie:
They are the favourites but in Davis Cup suprises can always happen. We are a very good team, we play at home, we're in good shape and we're looking forward to the tie. We won't be content with making it through to Sunday, we want to win the tie.
Here's his take on this quarterfinal:
It's going to be a very tough tie and in order to have any chance we'll have to give everything. We have to be ready to suffer and to fight until the end.But will it be different for him, knowing that he could be playing his last Davis Cup tie?
We know that they're the favourites but playing at home will be a big advantage for us because of the support we'll get from the crowd.
I approach it like it's just another tie. When I got injured against Romania [and who could forget that particular match...] many said that perhaps it was my last tie. And here I am, and a lot of time has passed. You don't know what's going to happen.It's true, anything can happen in Davis Cup, especially if a certain Mr. Nalbandian is involved.
Here's hoping that Argentina's path won't end in the quarterfinal.