13 Sep - 15 Sep 2013, O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic, Hard, Indoor
Argentina will travel to Czech Republic in September's semifinals looking to avenge its defeat to the eventual champions at the same stage last year.
Beaten on home soil at Parque Roca in the last four in 2012, Martin Jaite’s men will hope to give Czech Republic a dose of its own medicine this time and progress to their fifth Davis Cup Final.
They face a real battle, having lost to Czech Republic in four of the previous five meetings between the two nations. Argentina’s only win came in 2005, when Guillermo Coria won two singles rubbers as the hosts completed a 5-0 triumph in Buenos Aires. The two nations have never before clashed on a hard court.
The Argentines booked a place in the last four after sealing a thrilling 3-2 win over nine-time champions France in the quarterfinals. Carlos Berlocq won the all-important fifth rubber, ripping his shirt apart in delight after mastering Gilles Simon in four sets.
Lukas Rosol was the hero for Czech Republic in Kazakhstan, winning two singles rubbers in one tie for the first time in his career as the defending champions successfully negotiated a testing encounter by winning 3-1 in Astana.
Runners-up in 1981, 2006, 2008 and 2011, Argentina is the only nation to have lost four Davis Cup Finals without winning a title. Sure to be equally hungry for victory, Czech Republic is on a seven-tie winning streak and will be keen to back up its newfound status at No. 1 in the Davis Cup Nations Ranking.
The winner of this tie will face either Canada or Serbia in the Final, which will be played on 15-17 November.
Tickets go on sale: 5 August Website: www.sazkaticket.cz Telephone: +420 266 121 122
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