Ahead of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group semifinals on 14-16 September, we examine the facts and figures behind the teams involved in the ties.... Spain v USA and Argentina v Czech Republic.
- Spain, the reigning Davis Cup champions, have won the title five times, with all their victories coming since the millennium in 2000, 2004, 2008, 2009 and 2011.
- With five titles, Spain are currently fifth on the all-time list of Davis Cup champions, below USA (32), Australia (28), France (9) and Great Britain (9).
- Spain also finished runners-up in 1965, 1967 and 2003, losing to Australia on all three occasions in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne respectively.
- Spain are currently ranked No. 1 in the ITF Davis Cup Nations Ranking, which they have been since July 2009.
- To reach the semifinals, Spain recorded two convincing home wins over Kazakhstan 5-0 and Austria 4-1.
- Despite the head-to-head score between Spain and USA of 5-5, it is Spain who have won their last two meetings, including a 3-1 victory in last year’s quarterfinals in Texas.
- Spain are currently on a 23-tie unbeaten run at home, a World Group record that dates back to 1999 when Brazil escaped with a 3-2 victory in Lerida.
- USA are the most successful nation in Davis Cup history, having won the title 32 times, including the inaugural competition in 1900. They last won the title in 2007 when they beat Russia at home 4-1.
- USA are currently ranked No. 6 in the ITF Davis Cup Nations Ranking.
- To reach the semifinals, USA claimed impressive away wins against Switzerland 5-0 and France 3-2, both on clay.
- USA are locked at 5-5 with Spain in their head-to-head count. However, Spain have won their last two meetings, and USA’s last win came at the quarterfinal stage on home soil in 2007.
- The Americans hold the Davis Cup record for winning the most consecutive ties, having notched 17 victories without defeat between 1968 and 1973.
- Bob and Mike Bryan are the most successful American doubles pairing, having won 19 of their 21 Davis Cup rubbers.
- Argentina finished runners-up in 1981, 2006, 2008 and 2011, but are yet to win the title.
- Only Argentina, Romania and India have been finalists more than once without winning the title. Argentina, however, are the only one of these nations to have lost four times.
- To reach the semifinals, Argentina comfortably defeated Germany away and Croatia at home, both by a margin of 4-1.
- Argentina are currently ranked No. 2 in the ITF Davis Cup Nations Ranking, below Spain.
- Argentina and Czech Republic have met on four previous occasions, with the Czechs leading the head-to-head 3-1. However, their first two wins came when they played under the combined flag of Czechoslovakia.
- Czech Republic won at home the last time the two sides faced each other in 2009, but Argentina triumphed the last time they met in Buenos Aires in 2005 with a convincing 5-0 victory.
- Argentina’s top ranked player, Juan Martin del Potro, won a bronze medal at London 2012, which was Argentina’s first ever men’s singles medal at the Olympics.
- Czech Republic, then named Czechoslovakia, have won the Davis Cup title once when Ivan Lendl and Tomas Smid led the team to victory in 1980. Czechoslovakia started competing as Czech Republic and Slovak Republic in 1993.
- Since their victory in 1980, Czech Republic have since reached the Final once in 2009 when they lost to Spain in Barcelona. They also finished runners-up in 1975, losing to Sweden in Stockholm.
- To reach the semifinals, Czech Republic comfortably defeated Serbia 4-1 and Italy 4-1, both ties at home.
- Czech Republic are currently ranked No. 4 in the ITF Davis Cup Nations Ranking.
- In previous head-to-head matches, Czech Republic have won three of the four against Argentina, including the latest encounter in the World Group quarterfinals in 2009.
- Along with USA and Sweden, Czech Republic have appeared in the World Group since its inception in 1981 with the exception of one year, only missing out when they dropped down to Europe/Africa Zone Group I in 2006.