Buenos Aires, Argentina (Sports Network) - Carlos Berlocq upset Gilles Simon
in four sets Sunday to secure Argentina's best-of-five Davis Cup quarterfinal
victory over France.
Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga upended Juan Monaco, 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 to force the
tie to a fifth match. Berlocq then upended the world's No. 13 player, 6-4,
5-7, 6-4, 6-4 to boost Argentina into a September semifinal against the Czech
Simon, a late replacement for the injured Richard Gasquet, had won four of his
previous six meetings with Berlocq, but couldn't come through at Parque Roca
after suffering a back injury Friday in the a loss against Monaco. He saved
five match points before Berlocq finally sealed the outcome. That handed
Argentina its first Davis Cup victory over France in six encounters.
Monaco struggled immensely in the third set and didn't win a single point in
the first three games.
Up next will be a rematch for Argentina against the team that knocked them out
in the semifinals last year.
Tsonga was a five-set winner on Friday against Carlos Berlocq, but David
Nalbandian and Horacio Zeballos rallied from a set down for a doubles victory
over Julien Benneteau and Michael Llodra to give Argentina a slight edge
Argentina came into the weekend a bit depleted as well, competing without
world No. 7 and former U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro, who had
also declared himself unavailable for the Argentines' opening-round tie
against Germany in February.
France last won the Davis Cup in 2001, while Argentina is still seeking its
first-ever title, having finished as a runner-up on four occasions, including
as recently as 2011.
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