Both Argentina and Spain were able to win both of their Day 1 matches in their semifinal ties against Serbia and France on Friday, but the two trailing sides are now back in it. France defeated Spain in a doubles match in Round 3 to cut the series deficit to 2-1, while Serbia did the same to Spain, also in doubles.
Nenad Zimonjic and Viktor Troicki defeated Juan Ignacio Chela and Juan Monaco in straight sets, 7-6(4) 6-4 6-2, but the Argentinians made it tough in the first two. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Michael Llodra had a much easier time with Fernando Verdasco and Feliciano Lopez, winning 6-1, 6-2, 6-0.
Argentina and Spain can still win their series' without going to the fifth and final match if they win Round 4, a singles match. Both will be favored to do so, and it would be slightly surprising to see either semifinal tie decided in the fifth and final round. Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina faces Troicki of Serbia in one tie, while Rafael Nadal of Spain takes on Gilles Simon of France in the other.