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01 February 2013

Monaco seals 2-0 lead for Argentina


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  • Maximiliano Boso

Photo: Sergio LlameraJuan Monaco (ARG)

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA: After day one action in Mary Teran de Weiss at Parque Roca, everything seems to have been perfect for the home team, with a 2-0 lead going into tomorrow’s Davis Cup by BNP Paribas first round doubles match after victories for Carlos Berlocq and Juan Monaco.

David Nalbandian and Horacio Zeballos will try to secure a spot for Argentina in the quarterfinals when they face the German couple, which is going to include Christopher Kas for certain after an unfortunate hamstring injury suffered today by Philipp Kohlschreiber that prevented him from finishing his match against Berlocq and puts him in a difficult position to be part of the third rubber.

After a slow start and 0-3 scoreline, Juan Monaco started to get into the match, although he went on to lose the first set in the tie-break. However, he recovered and went ahead to give Argentina a vital lead with a score of 67(4) 63 63 64.

Although Monaco is the leader of the team, he does not feel like the most decisive player, “As I said before, we are a team and every member is important. We all have responsibilities. I am number one just for the stats, but Nalbandian has a lot more experience and of course our captain is also important for us”.

Leading the tie 2-0, something which had not been expected by anyone in the Argentine camp, Monaco feels that much closer to the quarterfinals: “We are very close to the quarterfinals, we only need to win one more match. We hope Nalbandian and Zeballos play a good match tomorrow and get the third point for us. I think we have a lot of chances to be in the next round.”

The weather conditions definitely played a part in the first match. It was difficult for both the players to increase the pace. The excitement was more on the uncertain result rather than on the form of the players.

In this context, Berlocq and Kohlschreiber played for more than four hours to finish exhausted. However, the Argentine prevailed in the hard conditions to give his country an important lead.

Carlos Berlocq was fully excited when his victory over Kohlschreiber was done.

Just like Novak Djokovic usually does, Berlocq tore up his shirt and offered his winner’s chest to the raging crowd. “It was the most importat win of my life. This is a dream come true. I feel happy and I can’t wait for the team to secure a place in the quarterfinals”, said the native of Chascomus, a little town in the Province of Buenos Aires with a famous lake.

On the other side, Florian Mayer surprised everyone in the press conference. As the German captain avoided the press, Mayer gave a great piece of news at the end of the day: “It is not a secret. Kohslchreiber can’t walk properly. He will not be able to play and he goes back to Germany. Regarding my match, I’ve never played in conditions like today, with 35° C and very humid. I did what I could, I gave my best, but it wasn’t enough”.

 

Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) - 01/02/2013

Carlos Berlocq (ARG) - 01/02/2013

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