December 5, 2013
Argentina beat Germany, reach Davis Cup quarterfinals
Argentina stormed back from two sets down for a magical five-set win over Germany in the doubles rubber to complete a 3-0 victory in the Davis Cup. David Nalbandián and Eduardo Schwank beat Tommy Haas and Philipp Petzschner 3-6 4-6 6-4 6-3 6-4.
The Argentine pair beat Tommy Haas and Philipp Petzschner 3-6 4-6 6-4 6-3 6-4 to clinch the first-round tie before today’s reverse singles.
Argentina will play either Japan or Croatia in the quarterfinals.
Haas returned to Davis Cup play after more than four years but his presence did not help Germany win the doubles, its only chance of staying alive in the series. Petzschner is an accomplished doubles player who has won US Open and Wimbledon titles but he had previously never teamed up with the 33-year-old Haas. “We thought we would bring it home but it was not the case. We lost a couple points here or there and that was the difference. It’s very disappointing. But that’s sports,” said Haas.
The lack of common experience showed at the start of the match, when the Germans fell behind 3-1. But they won the next five games to clinch the opening set.
Schwank dropped his serve for the Germans to take a 3-2 lead in the second and Haas served out the set, with Petzschner hitting the winning volley for a two-set German lead. The third went Argentina’s way when Petzschner his a wild shot after Schwank’s long lob.
The Argentines took a 3-0 lead in the fourth but Nalbandian dropped serve when Haas hit the line with a backhand to put the set on serve.
The Germans were unable to take advantage when Petzschner committed a double-fault at game point and Schwank served out the set to level at two sets all. The decisive break came in the fifth game of the fifth on Haas’ serve when Schwank hit a passing shot past Petzschner to make it 3-2.
Argentina received the benefit of a disputed call to gain a match point. Schwank’s serve was ruled an ace, although the Germans thought the serve was out. The call stood and Argentina was through when Petzschner slammed a forehand into the next. “We feel very happy. It was a very tough match. The last two and a half sets they really played unbelievable tennis,” said Argentina captain Martín Jaite
Argentina was the runner-up last year to Spain and is seeking its first title after losing four finals. German won three titles in the days of Boris Becker and Michael Stich.