2/1/13 11:33 PM | Kelli DeMario
Four-time Davis Cup finalist Argentina heads into Saturday's doubles rubber with a 2-0 edge over Germany after Carlos Berlocq and Juan Monaco snagged key points in singles.
Juan Monaco def. Florian Mayer 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-3, 6-4
World No. 12 Juan Monaco gave host nation Argentina a 2-0 advantage after rallying to upend Germany's Florian Mayer in four sets. The 28-year-old converted nine of 19 break points en route to a 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 win in two hours and 43 minutes. Monaco completed Friday's effort with 44 winners and 4 aces.
Carlos Berlocq def. Philipp Kohlschreiber 3-6, 7-5, 2-6, 6-4, 3-4 (retired)
World No. 70 Carlos Berlocq received the first point of the tie following the retirement of Philipp Kohlschreiber late in the match. The Argentine had rallied to level the match at a set apiece before the German called it a day, citing a hamstring injury.
"I can't move my leg. I can't take a single step," Kohlschreiber said. "It was a bitter thing for me and the whole team. It's hard to assess the gravity of the injury until further studies are conducted."
Berlocq, who recorded his first career Davis Cup victory, ended the match with 48 winners and seven aces.
"The whole (Argentine) team had drummed into me that I could win and at times I looked at the clock and thought 'I'm doing well because I'm tiring him and he has to play all three days,'" Berlocq said, post-match.
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