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Welcome to our coverage of potentially the decisive match in the Davis Cup Semi Final tie between Argentina and Czech Republic. Juan Martin Del Potro was meant to play Tomas Berdych in an encounter between the number one players for their respective countries. Both players were successful in their opening ties although the ease of which differed greatly between the two. Del Potro faced little danger as he dispatched off Radek Stepanek in straight sets 6-4 6-4 6-4. Meanwhile, Tomas Berdych got the better of Juan Monaco in a crazy five set encounter coming back from 2-1 and a break down to finally tie it up, but not before he allowed a 4-0 lead to be pulled back to on serve in the finale.
However, due to Del Potro’s ongoing wrist injury, the Argentine has decided to withdraw from the match and will be replaced by Carlos Berlocq.
These were the facts before Delpo announced his retirement: Berdych is fairly accomplished in his Davis Cup career and holds a 10-5 record on clay courts in singles play with the defeats coming to Rafael Nadal (2009 final), Andy Roddick, Marat Safin, Nikolay Davydenko and another French Open champion in Guillermo Coria. Del Potro has far less clay experience in Davis Cup with a 5-2 record, losing to David Ferrer and Rafael Nadal in last year’s final, although he did trouble both of them taking a set in both matches.
The pair have faced each other six times in the past but most notably they have both picked up one win each on clay courts this year. However you would expect the French Open win to be of more significance due to the five sets nature that Davis Cup also shares.
Head To Head (Juan Martin Del Potro leads 4-2)
French Open 2012 (Clay) Juan Martin Del Potro 7-6 1-6 6-3 7-5
Madrid 2012 (Clay) Tomas Berdych 7-6(5) 7-6(6)
Rotterdam 2012 (Indoor Hard Court) Juan Martin Del Potro 6-3 6-1
Czech Republic Davis Cup 2009 (Indoor Hard Court) Juan Martin Del Potro 6-4 6-4 6-4
Madrid 2009 (Clay) Juan Martin Del Potro 6-2 4-1 ret.
Tokyo 2008 (Hard Court) Tomas Berdych 6-1 6-4