Spain Spain Spain, I needed you guys in this one. This was my opportunity to be up for the week on sports betting. Spain blew the chance to clinch a Davis Cup semi-final berth against France or the U.S. but because of the losses of Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez l 3-6 6-4 6-4 7-6 to the Austrian duo Alexander Peya and Oliver Marach on Saturday.
On day 2 of the World Group quarter-finals, the U.S. locked up a 2-1 lead over France in Monte Carlo and Czech Republic advanced by the same score against Serbia in Prague.
Argentina, advanced and took a 2-1 lead over Croatia in Buenos Aires after David Nalbandian and Eduardo Schwank enjoyed the roar of the crowd providing the 2 locals with home support by edging a five plus hour thriller featuring Marin Cilic and Ivo Karlovic 3-6 7-6 6-3 6-7 8-6 the pair were seeking revenge from the losses to Spain in the 2008 and 2011 finals.
"This is a very hard tie, the wind kept bothering and (the match) got complicated," Nalbandian said in a courtside television interview ahead of Sunday's decisive reverse singles.
"(It was difficult) in these conditions yesterday and today with more humidity, (making the ball) much slower and with lots of wind," added the 30-year-old, who is nicknamed King David by the home fans.
Spain's rain-interrupted doubles rubber at home to Austria on the clay at Marina d'Or was a world away from Friday's one-sided singles, when Nicolas Almagro and David Ferrer thrashed Juergen Melzer and Andreas Haider-Maurer respectively. The good thing about this was I was able to catch every serve by tuning in watch tennis online. I guess you can't win them all but, to be honest this one hurt.
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