This Tuesday, in Madrid, in the neat premiere of Argentina in this new Davis (Chile was endorsed 3-0), its players did not occupy the role of locals, but according to the noise deployed by a hundred fans displaced to the Magic Box, and to that soniquete so typical of any competition in which the albiceleste flag is present, the kilometers with respect to Rio de la Plata or Buenos Aires seemed much less. And that since that almost centenary debut, only one salad bowl looks in the showcases of Argentina, the one obtained against Croatia three years ago, in 2016, thanks, among others, to Juan Martín Del Potro, now out of the selection.
The Tandilense knows better than anyone what it means to carry on his shoulders the immense Argentine myth of the seventies, Guillermo Vilas, winner of 49 clay titles – a record only surpassed by Rafael Nadal (59) – and holder of 62 tournaments, which, however, failed to achieve victory in the unforgettable final he played against the powerful United States in 1981 (against McEnroe, Connors, Tunner and Fleming), which was the first for his country.
Despite the rumors that placed Del Potro again with Argentina for Davis, who was number three in the world just over a year ago – currently ranked 121 – left a gap proportional to its size (1.98 meters) in the middle of a team that runs a Gastón Gaudio with enormous ancestry over his boys. Among them stands out the Small Schwartzman (1,70m), who passed over the Chilean Garin (6-2 and 6-2), pulled point by point by an unwavering morale hobby.
Trendy on music playlists of the moment, I'm sabalero, from Los Palmeras, served as a war anthem for a Schwartzman who jumped with her at full volume to the track, where he picked up the witness of Guido Pella, who tied the first point for Argentina with his victory (6-4 and 6-3 ) on an irregular Jarry.
Chair judges had work to contain the effusivity of the Argentine fans, dressed in some of their components with River football shirts, which were lost between albiceleste flags and gave color to choreographies well directed by alternating orchestra directors permanently with their backs to the meeting.
Four endings lost
"It was a barbaric day," Gaudio said, after the couple made up of Mayer and Gonzalez were awarded the third point (6-3 and 7-5 to Jarry and Podlipnik-Castillo) in the doubles. “The boys were spectacular. Guido (Pella) won a match he had never won in his life (he had an adverse 0-3 in the precedents). And Schwartzman had an impressive game. I think he will have had three unforced errors nothing more. What happened today is very positive. They were barbaric. This is the beginning. Tomorrow (for this Wednesday) is the important thing, because if we win it is what we came to look for, go round. It is essential to continue at this level, ”said the Argentine captain, referring to the duels that will take place against Germany.
The four lost finals (1981, 2006, 2008 and 2011) increase the pressure on a group of tennis players aware that Argentina's passion turns worship into anger with irremediable ease. But in that sentimental nebula, no selection is handled more fluently than Argentina, determined to regain its historical condition to obtain a trophy that Spain already seized from Spain in Mar del Plata 11 years ago. In Madrid seeks to find revenge.
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