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Berlocq Inspires Argentina; Sets Up Czech Tie In Davis Cup SFs

World Group Quarter-finals

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Venue: Parque Roca, Buenos Aires, ARG (clay – outdoor)

Carlos Berlocq sent four-time finalist Argentina into the Davis Cup World Group semi-finals against defending champion Czech Republic on Sunday after a deciding rubber win over Gilles Simon of France. It was Argentina’s first victory in six ties versus nine-time champion France.

Berlocq kept his nerve in the fifth rubber, at the Parque Roca in Buenos Aires, to defeat Simon 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 in three hours and 48 minutes. Berlocq squandered three match points on Simon’s serve at 5-2 in the fourth set. Berlocq had to wait two more games before he converted his sixth match point to wrap up his third win in five singles rubbers.

Earlier in the day, France had to thank Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for a 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 win over Juan Monaco in one hour and 42 minutes. Monaco won just four of 28 total points in the third set against Tsonga, who had beaten Berlocq in five sets on Friday.

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Venue: National Tennis Centre, Astana, KAZ (clay – indoor)

Defending champion Czech Republic has won its seventh straight Davis Cup tie after Lukas Rosol won the first reverse singles rubber 7-6(5), 6-7(2), 7-6(5), 6-2 over Evgeny Korolev of Kazakhstan in three hours and 34 minutes on Sunday. In hitting 31 aces and 61 winners, Rosol gave Czech Republic a 3-1 lead in the quarter-final tie. Rosol, who is now 4-0 lifetime in clay rubbers, also beat Andrey Golubev on Friday.  The fifth rubber was not played.

The Czech Republic advanced to the semi-finals for the fourth time in the past five years to become No. 1 in the ITF Davis Cup Nations Ranking.

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