As tennis betting fans might know, Argentina is the country that has made it to the Davis Cup Finals the most times (on four occasions in 1981, 2006, 2008 and 201) without actually winning it, but that may change later this month in Croatia when the Argentina Davis Cup team faces the home team. Argentina captain Daniel Orsanic has assembled the team will attempt one more time to bring the gold home. Orsanic appears to be a firm believer of the “don’t fix it if it ain’t broke” school of thought, summoning the same team that defeated Great Britain in the semis, and which comprises Juan Martin Del Potro, Federico Delbonis, Guido Pella and Leonardo Mayer. Unfortunately, these four men do not combine like a Zord to form a mega-tennis player.
Tennis betting fans might want to get to know these players better, so let’s take a closer – but not too close – look at each of them.
Juan Martin del Potro. The No. 38 tennis player in the world, del Potro was the first man to beat both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal during a major tournament, and was the only man outside the Big Four to win a major between the 2005 French Open and the 2013 US Open. Del Potro pulled off a similar feat when he defeated Novak Djokovic and Nadal on his way to win the silver medal at the Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympic Games this year. In 2008, del Potro became the first player in ATP history to win his first four career titles in as many tournaments. Additionally, he completed the second-longest winning streak in that same year, and the second longest by a teenager in the Open Era.
Leonardo Mayer. Ranked 132, Mayer won the 2005 French Open Boys’ Doubles and the Orange Bowl with Emiliano Mass as a junior. In 2016, he lost in the first rounds of the Australian Open, Wimbledon, the Italian Open, and the German Open. On the Davis Cup semifinal against Great Britain, Mayer bested Daniel Evans in the fifth and deciding rubber 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4, sending Argentina to the Finals.
Federico Delbonis. Number 42 Delbonis has had a second career title best season and best ranking in 2016, including an upset of current No. 1 Andy Murray at the BNP Paribas Open.
Guido Pella. Standing at 57 in the ATP rankings, Pella had his best singles rankings of world number 39. On 21st September 2015, he peaked at world number 119 in the doubles rankings.
“Picking the team was again difficult, but we went with players who have delivered,” Orsanic said. And deliver is what these players will have to do in order live up to the expectations of people who bet on tennis. Croatia won the Davis Cup in 2005, and while they have not named their team just yet, tennis betting fans can expect it to include Marin Cilic and Ivo Karlovic. The Croatians defeated the French representatives to gain access to the Finals versus Argentina.