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16 December 2013

Top 5 moments of 2013 - The Ber-hulk


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Photo: Sergio LlameraCarlos Berlocq (ARG)

Each day this week we will be casting our memory back over 2013 to bring you the best moments from another fantastic year in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group.

The first entrant on our list of memorable moments was seen not once but twice in 2013 and has been given the rather unsurprising nickname of the “Ber-hulk” in the offices of DavisCup.com.

Let us take you back to February 1 and the opening day of the World Group first round encounter between Argentina and Germany.


Carlos Berlocq was up first against the higher-ranked Philipp Kohlschreiber and was looking to bank his first win in the competition. On a blisteringly hot day in the Argentine capital, the pair went toe-to-toe for four hours before it proved too much for the German No. 1 and he was forced to retire with a hamstring injury at 5-4 up in the fifth set.

Whether it was the heat or just the sheer exhilaration of winning his first-ever Davis Cup rubber after such a strenuous encounter, but Berlocq turned to the crowd and tore his shirt open to reveal his bare chest.  

Carlos Berlocq (ARG)One example of such attire-wrecking behaviour would not normally be enough to make its way onto our Top 5 highlights of the year, but Berlocq was at it again in the quarterfinals against France. And this time it was arguably more deserving of such a passionate reaction.

With Argentina v France going into a live fifth rubber, Berlocq knew that only a win would suffice against Gilles Simon if his team was going to advance to the last four for the fourth year running.

Conceding a ranking discrepancy of 58 places to Simon, Berlocq played like a man inspired and ran away with the encounter to win 64 57 64 64 and much to the delight of the crowd as well as impartial fans alike he proceeded to rip apart his top.

The scenes of a half-naked Berlocq being mobbed by his team-mates, his back covered in the clay of Parque Roca, emptying a bottle of champagne over his head will live long into the memory of all those that witnessed it.

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