Davis Cup Group C: Argentina, Chile, Germany

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3. Group C: Preview and predictions

   • Argentina, Chile, Germany

   • The Key Clashes

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Group C: Preview and Predictions

Argentina

Best Davis Cup performance: Winner, 2016 (1st time)

How they got here: Wildcard

Potential players: Juan Martin del Potro, Diego Schwartzman, Guido Pella, Horacio Zeballos

Del Potro is almost certainly not going to appear in Caja Mágica, although don’t rule anything out until the teams are announced. However, Schwartzman and Pella are enjoying some of the best times of their careers. Both are clever and agile players, with attractive styles of play that will bring many neutrals on board. Zeballos is one of the world’s best doubles players.

Chile

Best Davis Cup performance: Runner-up, 1976

How they got here: Beat Austria 3-2 in qualifying

Potential players: Christian Garin, Nicolas Jarry, Hans Podlipnik Castillo, Marcelo Tomas Barrios Vera

Chile don’t have a huge amount of strength in depth, with just two players ranked in the world’s top 200 for singles. Garin and Jarry’s best results have unsurprisingly come on clay, with 0/4 and 5/8 records on indoor courts respectively. However, they both have games that should translate well to an indoor court – perhaps the Davis Cup will be their opportunity to show that they are ready to take the next step in their careers.

Germany

Best Davis Cup performance: Winner, 1993 (3rd time)

How they got here: Beat Hungary 5-0 in qualifying

Potential players: Philipp Kohlschreiber, Jan-Lennard Struff, Kevin Krawietz, Andreas Mies

Alexander Zverev has opted to play an exhibition match against Federer rather than compete in the Davis Cup finals. The big-hitting Struff will provide a suitable substitute for Zverev, while the veteran Kohlschreiber has a 22/15 Davis Cup record under his belt. Germany may need to rely on the hotshot doubles pairing of Krawietz and Mies, who added a French Open title to their victory indoors in New York earlier this year. 

The Key Clashes

Chile’s lack of indoor nous may cause some to write them off, but the absence of del Potro and Zverev is sure to embolden Garin and Jarry. Argentina should have a strong enough team to hold off the challenges of the other two. The experience of Kohlschreiber and a doubles duo with great chemistry could be enough for Germany to pip Chile into second.

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