Yesterday, a day earlier than usual in Davis Cup, the Argentine team got the chance to conduct its first training session at the venue of the semifinal tie, the O2 Arena in Prague. A first opportunity to try and adapt to the hardcourt chosen by the Czechs. To quote Charly Berlocq:
You always feel the speed more during the first practice on a court like this one. But step by step we'll get used to it. The team is doing fine and we're training conscientously. (Source.)Whether Charly or Leo Mayer will be Argentina's second singles player and who's going to contest the doubles rubber alongside Horacio Zeballos only Martin Jaite and Mariano Zabaleta know (or are in the process of determining) at this stage. They'll have to decide on Thursday, ahead of the draw ceremony.
The Czech team as well was at the O2 Arena yesterday, except for Radek Stepanek, who was otherwise engaged, winning the US Open doubles title (with Leander Paes). And in the catacombs of the stadium a first and friendly encounter between the respective #1 players took place: