Davis Cup: Czechs up 2-1, Del Potro pulls out
Czech Republic won the doubles match today to lead Argentina 2-1 in their Davis Cup semifinal.
Juan Martin del Potro, who was going to face Tomas Berdych on Sunday pulled out due to pain in his right wrist.
"Juan Martin will not be in tomorrow's first singles against Tomas Berdych and he will be replaced by Carlos Berlocq," captain Martin Jaite said.
"Juan Martin finished yesterday's match in quite a bit more pain than the previous days. He's not in condition to play," said Argentina team doctor Miguel Khoury.
"He will not move his wrist for 10 days. That's the best decision for Juan Martin and the team."
Berdych and Stepanek then teamed up to beat Berlocq and Eduardo Schwank 6-3 6-4 6-3.
Del Potro was recommended two weeks of rest by his doctor but decided to make himself available to Jaite on Wednesday.
He said on Friday he decided to play because of massive support from Argentine fans.
The Czech pair were never in trouble in the doubles although the Argentines showed early tenacity with the first set lasting close to an hour.
"The guys came pumped up for the match. It was Carlos's Davis Cup debut and in front of such a home crowd you are almost over-motivated," Stepanek said of the passionate and noisy fans.
"We have a good understanding," Berdych said.
"We play doubles well together so I think we can say we dominated the match practically from the start," added Berdych.
Berdych dismissed any worries about playing three days in a row.
"My physical aspect is fine," he said. "I won two tough matches, but I'm here to be ready for three days. Winning two matches gives me a lot of confidence.