Germany plays host to five-time champions Spain in the 2014 World Group first round. The Germans might hold a 9-6 head-to-head record against the Spanish but their last victory came in 1994.
Moreover, the Spanish lead the Germans 4-2 in previous World Group meetings and have won the last three meetings between the two sides.
Germany showed off its strength in depth against Brazil in September's World Group play-offs, defeating the South Americans 4-1 despite losing No. 1 Philipp Kohlschreiber half way through the tie due to illness.
The Spanish made amends for a shock loss to Canada in the first round in 2013 by thrashing Ukraine 5-0 in Madrid in the play-offs. The victory was inspired by US Open champion Rafael Nadal, who won his opening singles rubber and teamed up with Marc Lopez to take the doubles.