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20 January 2014

Home advantage could be key for Germany


Photo: Paul ZimmerFlorian Mayer (GER)

German hearts sank when the draw was revealed for the 2014 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group back in September.

Carsten Arriens’ men were given a first round match-up against modern day tennis powerhouse Spain, with the only consolation being that the Germans would be playing at home so they could avoid taking on Carlos Moya’s team on their beloved clay.

Fast forward four months and Florian Mayer truly believes his German side can cause an upset, especially if Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer will not be playing in the first round clash in Frankfurt.

“If Nadal and Ferrer both will play then it’s really, really tough even on a hard or a grass court,” said Mayer at the 2014 Australian Open. “But if both are not playing then we have a really good chance to make a surprise.”

The 5,000-seater Fraport Arena sold out soon after tickets went on sale and Mayer is hoping the atmosphere, as well as the home advantage, will lead his side to a memorable upset.

He added: “They have so many top players, with [Marcel] Granollers, [Marc] Lopez, [David] Marrero, [Fernando] Verdasco they have two of the top doubles teams in the world so it’s going to be really hard.

“We have [Tommy] Haas, [Philipp] Kohlschreiber, me, [Daniel] Brands – three or four really good singles players – and then we have to see what’s going on in doubles. Why not? If everybody plays 100 per cent we have a chance I think.”

Not only were the Germans handed one of the hardest possible first round match-ups, but should they do the unthinkable and take down Spain in the opening round, they will face the winner of France v Australia away from home. That’s what’s known as the luck of the draw.

Team nominations for all of the Davis Cup ties taking place on 31 January-2 February are due to be announced on Tuesday 21 January.

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