Argentina could upset the Spaniards for their first Davis Cup win.


This Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Final is a very sensitive one for the Argentines. For so long have they been fighting for that elusive title, so close were they to achieving it in 2008, and so clear is their determination to get it in their fourth chance here in Seville.   And never before have they been so well prepared. “All the players have been making a big effort over the last three weeks,” says Vazquez. “They have sacrificed their normal schedule and devoted energy to this tie. I’m very proud of them.” Adding, “This is the best group we have in Argentina. The five players here are the five I want to have.”

Argentina’s captain Tito Vazquez is playing his cards very close to his chest and he is wise to do so. With the Spanish team all set in their line-up – with the regular crew of Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer in the singles and Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco for doubles – Vazquez was reticent to give the game away when interrogated in Tuesday’s press conferences. At his disposal: world No. 11 Juan Martin del Potro, the in-form Juan Monaco, Davis Cup bloodhound David Nalbandian, and the all-rounders Juan Ignacio Chela and Eduardo Schwank. Who will play what will not be revealed until Thursday.

While Nadal and Ferrer were running the hard courts down at last week’s ATP Tour World Finals in London, the Argentines have been working hard on clay, training in Barcelona before arriving altogether in Seville on Friday. Neither Del Potro nor Nalbandian have played a competitive match since October, and it’s only Monaco who can bring a recent surge in success to the party, having finished runner-up in Valencia and a quarterfinalist at the Paris Masters. Collectively they may be out of match practice per se, but that could end up in their favour when the weekend unfolds. “We are practicing well and doing the best we can, preparing to play whatever we have to play,” a laidback Nalbandian told the media. “And me, every day I’m feeling better and better.”



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