Saturday, September 14, 2013

Davis Cup Semifinal - Argentina out after the Doubles

(AP Photo)
(AP Photo)
As I wrote in a previous post, even with David on court this would've been an extremely difficult match to win for Argentina...
Charly and Horacio gave everything they could but it wasn't enough against Berdych and Stepanek, who prevailed 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.

So that was it - for Argentina the Davis Cup season 2013 ends here. If there's going to be another one for David (and for Martin Jaite) remains to be seen.

(Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty Images)

At some point during the fourth set of Leo's courageous match against Berdych yesterday the cameras showed Charly. He just sat there, motionless and seemingly lost in thought. Perhaps he was already thinking about today - and the truly gigantic challenge that will be waiting for him and for Horacio.

Tomas Berdych & Radek Stepanek vs Carlos Berlocq & Horacio Zeballos
It's not the first time that Charly and Horacio play doubles together. They had a brief "test-run" earlier this season, with a couple of matches at Umag and Kitzbühel. And they're both experienced doubles players, used to playing with (and adapting to) different partners.
Today, however, they'll be up against a team that in six years of playing together in Davis Cup has lost only once (and that was four years ago) - Berdych and Stepanek. Who can also approach this match from the comfortable position of having a 2-0 lead.
Last year in the semifinal, when the Czechs became the first team ever to defeat Argentina at the Parque Roca, Charly and Edu Schwank lost to the Czech "über doubles" in straights. Anything else than a similar result today would probably qualify as a miracle...



  1. it's today or never to pull a miracle guys :)))
    a really tough challenge but well, who knows :)
    Vamos Argentina!

  2. Vamos Argentina!

    Horacio did get to the semis in Roland Garros doubles this year, so he's no pushover. Unfortunately, the opponents he (& Pablo Cuevas) beat in the first round were... Charly and Leo. :0
    They beat Stepanek's regular partner Paes in the next... :)

  3. Leo did play a courageous match yesterday. I was hoping Pico could pull off the minor upset against Stepanek, but with the court lightning fast it just wasn't to be. Hope the boys can surprise the Czechs today and make the first rubber tomorrow live. Even the Bryan brothers lose upon occasion so maybe...

  4. I think Pico disappointed again.

    Leo, on the other hand, faced their best player and made a more balanced match.