Argentina today completed a perfect performance against Kazakhstan as Juan Ignacio Chela and Juan Monaco won the last two matches in Mary Teran de Weiss stadium to whitewash the transcontinental opponent 5-0.
Evgeny Korolev was the only visitor who won a set, taking the first set from Chela in the fourth rubber of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas quarterfinal tie.
In the first match of the day, Chela got over a slow start to finally defeat Korolev 26 62 60, while Monaco kept up the rhythm with a clear 64 61 over Mikhail Kukushkin.
Everyone in the stadium enjoyed a pleasant day, even the Kazakh fans kept on playing their trumpets and drums during both matches, with the Argentine crowd following the rhythm. The Argentine players ended up dancing and captain Tito Vazquez surprised everyone by doing a headstand in the middle of the court.
Argentina will face either Sweden at home or Serbia away in September’s semifinals.
An elusive tournament
Argentina holds the Davis Cup record for reaching the quarterfinals in the last ten consecutive seasons. Furthermore, the South American team got to the semifinals seven times during the decade and lost the 2006 final to Russia in Moscow, and in 2008 they lost to Spain in Mar del Plata.
Surprisingly however, the tournament still eludes the country with such a wide tradition in tennis.
Although Sweden and Serbia will decide tomorrow who’s going to be Argentina’s opponent, in Buenos Aires everybody has no doubt: they are already thinking of travelling to Serbia.
In the Argentine team, people expect to have all the players ready for the next tie. David Nalbandian, last year’s key player and one of the most successful players in Davis Cup, hopes to recover from an adductor strain and will start training next week in order to make it for the hard court season.
Vazquez asks for 100 per cent
Tito Vazquez is quite sure about their next opponent. “The opponent is going to be Serbia, 100 per cent. The doubles was the only chance for Sweden to win a rubber. Definitely Serbia is going to be the winner, so we’re thinking about playing Serbia away. It’s a difficult match, a very solid team. We’ll try to do our best, give them a good fight. In order to win, we have to take our chances,” said the captain, who also acknowledged, “we have to be at a 110 per cent if we want to win.”
Juan Monaco also referred to the future of the Argentine team. “Probably is going to be Serbia. I think is one of the best teams in the world. They’ve been playing together for two years and they have the world No. 1, Novak Djokovic. They are very good players, I’m not talking just about Djokovic. They are a complete team,” said the Tandil native.
“We expect all the best. Every year we expect to finally win the tournament. It is the biggest achievement we have left for our country. I hope we have all the players ready and in good shape to play the best way possible,” he ended.