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Duel in Zagreb

Sherine Paul

Davis Cup preview

The 105th edition of the Davis Cup final will see Croatia take on Argentina in Zagreb, Croatia on an indoor hard court. Croatia will be looking to win their second title, feed off the crowd’s energy and hope to give their fans plenty to cheer about. Argentina however will look to crash their party with Juan Martin del Potro at the helm and to finally win the elusive Davis Cup home for their country. The best of five finals will take place from November 25-27. Here’s taking a look at both the teams before their clash

Croatia

Croatia played in the Davis Cup for the first time in 1993 and will be looking to win their second title. Croatia has won the title once in 2005 and will hope to recreate that magic. The biggest advantage for the Croats will be playing in front of their home crowd. There will be no shortage of Croat fans dressed in their traditional white and red checked gear and the decibel levels are sure to be high. World No 6 Marin Cilic who has found a rich vein of form will be the key man for the Croats. There will be a bit of pressure on young rising star Borna Coric as well as he is just returning from injury and will be hoping to make his mark on the big stage. Croatia will be desperate to put an end to their losing streak in Davis Cup to the Argentines and what better place to do it than in front of their raucous home crowd. Team: Marin Čilić, Borna Ćorić, Ivan Dodig and Marin Draganja

Argentina

This will be Argentina’s fifth appearance in a Davis Cup final. Argentina first participated in the 1923 Davis Cup and they reached the finals for the first time in 1981 but fell short against the Americans. They also made the finals in 2006, 2008 and 2001. They have the dubious distinction of not having won the final despite making four finals. Argentina will be hoping to redeem themselves with the in-form Juan Martin del Potro leading the charge. They will hope to break the jinx, atleast this time around. Argentina will take heart from the fact that they lead the head to head 3-0. Del Potro will also look for his fellow team mates Leonardo Mayer and Federico Delbonis to bring their A game for the finals Team: Juan Martin del Potro, Leonardo Mayer, Federico Delbonis, Guido Pella

Key clash: Marin Cilic vs Juan Martin Del Potro

In a match between the World No 6 Cilic and the comeback player of the year del Potro – the winner could provide a crucial edge to the outcome of the tie. Cilic and Del Potro are the only men to have defeated both Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic this season and will be aware of the glory they could bring their country. This is definitely the match to watch and shouldn’t be missed – with the tracer bullet forehands of del Potro against the booming aces of Cilic, tennis fans are in for a visual treat.

Head to head

Argentina 3:0 Croatia

Road to final

Argentina

Beat Poland 3-2

Beat Italy 3-1

Beat Great Britain 3-2


Croatia

Beat Belgium 3-2

Beat USA 3-2

Beat France 3-2