Berdych and Stepanek secured the expected easy win, without
as much as dropping serve, and with it the third point that grants them, the defending champions, a place in this year's final.
While Horacio and Charly could only admit to having been outplayed. To quote Horacio:
They are a strong team. As the games went by they started to feel comfortable. They played very well. Still, it's been a positive year. To be among the four best [Davis Cup teams] in the world is very good.Charly thought the same, though he was even more impressed with the Czechs.
We beat Germany and France. Reaching the semifinal wasn't easy. We gave our best. Being among the best four is no mean feat. We didn't play a bad match but we played against a difficult doubles team. I don't recall having ever faced a doubles as powerful as this. All credit to them (Source.)
But Horacio and Charly are right, it has been a positive year for the Argentine team - even a great one, given the circumstances.
Last December, when Delpo announced that he wouldn't play any ties this year it seemed that Argentina's Davis Cup campaign was doomed to fail before it even began. But what the team lacked in terms of 'starpower' they made up for with the 'enthusiasm, belief and the will to win' Martin Jaite mentioned this weekend - as well as with great team spirit. Without Delpo there were none of the usual atmospheric disturbances. Instead, the team was united in its Davis Cup quest, and also in its quest to prove what they were capable of without Delpo.
But Kohlschreiber withdrew, David and Horacio sealed Argentina's victory already in doubles and afterwards, when Argentina's place in the World Group had been secured, they all had fun in the locker room, singing contemptuous songs about Delpo.
An all-around success, even if Horacio later had to apologise for his performance in the post-match presser ("From who?").
David and Horacio won the doubles once again, a great and not necessarily expected victory over Benneteau and Llodra. After the match was over, a song could suddenly be heard at the Parque Roca. About a certain Gringo from Unquillo, who wasn't going to retire just yet... Usually, when David is moved to tears at the Parque Roca it's either because they're playing the national anthem, or it's because he has just managed injure himself because he's playing even though he's not fit. This time it was different.
But now that Argentina won't be in this year's final, will the Gringo from Unquillo give it another try, next year? Right now, Argentina's future in Davis Cup seems to largely consist of question marks. Will David play another season? Will Jaite still be captain next year? And will Delpo return to the team? There surely are people who know the answers to at least some of these question. Unfortunately, I'm not one of them. We can, and this part might sound familiar, only wait and see.