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When: Wednesday, November 20th starting at 5:00 AM EST.
Where: Manzanares Park Tennis Center in Madrid, Spain
Head to Head Record: Argentina leads 7-1
Group C has a wide-open competition for the top seed.
With three evenly-matched national teams, Germany, Argentina, and Chile all have a good shot at advancing to the quarterfinals.
Argentina has taken the lead following its day 1 win over Chile.
With this result, the best of 3 series against Germany will likely decide the group’s winner.
It’s worth remembering that the two best second-place teams will also secure a spot in the quarterfinals.
In other words, avoiding a lopsided loss is equally important.
Team nomination: Diego Schwartzman, Guido Pella, Leonardo Mayer, Máximo González and Horacio Zeballos.
After defeating Colombia in last year’s relegation playoffs, Argentina received a wild card entry for the 2019 Davis Cup Finals.
The South American powerhouse hasn’t made it past the group stage since its 2016 Davis Cup title.
For this year’s edition, the Argentinian national team has a very good mix of experienced players.
The roster is led by two-time Slam quarterfinalist Diego Schwartzman, No. 15 in the ATP singles ranking.
Doubles specialists Horacio Zeballos and Máximo González are joined by Guido Pella and veteran Leonardo Mayer.
Schwartzman is coming off another strong season, having made it to the US Open quarterfinals for the second time in three years.
The team also has three very good doubles players in Zeballos, González, and Mayer.
Zeballos reached a career-best number 3 in the ATP rankings this year and was the runner-up in last month’s US Open.
Argentina has a very strong and well-balanced roster and is a potential underdog candidate for the title.
Team nomination: Jan-Lennard Struff, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Dominik Koepfer, Kevin Krawietz, Andreas Mies.
The German national team won’t have its top player, Alexander Zverev.
The three-time Masters 1000 champion and former top 3 player decided to withdraw from the competition.
Zverev has been a vocal critic of the new Davis Cup format and chose not to participate in this year’s finals.
As a result, the roster is led by reigning French Open doubles champions Andreas Mies and Kevin Krawietz.
Veterans Jan-Lennard Struff and Philipp Kohlscreiber are joined by ATP Challenger regular Dominik Kopefer in singles.
This is one of the most storied rivalries in the Davis Cup.
And it has been extremely one-sided as well, with Argentina holding an impressive 7-1 record.
This time around, however, we can expect a much closer matchup.
While Schwartzman is expected to win, the other two matches are wide open.
While Mies and Krawietz won a Major title this year, the pair was knocked out of the US Open semifinals by Zeballos.
The hard surface should also play into the favor of the Argentinean double, as Mies and Krawietz are clay specialists.
Looking at the big picture, Argentina seems to have a slight edge over their European rivals.
Prediction: Argentina to win.
The latest odds for the Argentina vs Germany match are provided by bet365 NJ.
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