Friday, December 20, 2013

In Pictures: Happy Holidays Davis Cup Edition

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Instead of a 'postcard' here's the final instalment of the In Pictures series - David and the Davis Cup.
So I wish you all

I'll be back on David's birthday.
Not with a new layout this time but with my personal review/epilogue.
(To view the Davis Cup photos click "Read more" below".)

Slightly lost on distant shores: Agustin Calleri, Guillermo Coria, Lucas Arnold Ker, David and captain Gustavo Luza in Morocco, ahead of the first-round tie 2004.

One of David's biggest triumphs in Davis Cup was the 2005 quarterfinal against Australia. On grass in Sydney he won all three matches he played and finally clinched the tie with a victory over Lleyton Hewitt.
He also managed to survive the celebrations afterwards.

In the semifinal that followed, against the Slovaks in Bratislava, things didn't go quite as well...

Two men, one celebration: David and Agustin Calleri (who was present at David's farewell match in Córdoba) at the Parque Roca after sealing Argentina's victory over Australia in the semifinal 2006.

In Moscow, ahead of the 2006 final: captain Luli Mancini, Calleri, David, Chucho Acasuso and Juan Ignacio Chela. David won both of his singles rubbers - but the Russians won everything else.

2007, David's annus horribilis in Davis Cup. He only played the quarterfinal in Stockholm and lost both of his matches, including the decisive doubles with Guillermo Cañas (despite the fighting spirit shown here).

It started like this and then it ended in tears: With Chucho, Pico and Cañas once more against
the Swedes in the quarterfinal 2008. Also known as the tie during which David ruined his left hip.

So close, yet so far away...  Mar del Plata 2008.

At the draw ceremony for the 2011 final against Spain: captain Tito Vázquez, Delpo, Pico, David and Edu Schwank (who seems to have just said something inappropriate).

David and Edu after their epic doubles victory during the quarterfinal 2012 against Croatia.

The semifinal David had to follow from the Argentine team's "supporters box".

First round against Germany 2013, the tie for which he skipped the Australian Open. By now it's clear that he did so, knowing he'd soon have to have another hip surgery.

Leading the way one last time: David and Horacio during David's last Davis Cup match in the quarterfinal against France, 2013.

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