Originally Posted by Horatio Caine
Yes, Germany played its best card to remove Del Potro. There wasn't anything more they could do to weaken the Argentina team imo. At least without him, there is some doubt as to who will play the other singles match(es) besides Monaco. Nalbandian is possibly the favourite, but he will be needed for doubles...so playing Friday and Saturday would be a risk. Chela's form has been on the slide since RG last year. Actually I'm surprised Berlocq wasn't named instead of Chela. He could play either singles or doubles.
The problem for Germany is that indoor clay is only really beneficial for Mayer...and that is a dangerous situation for them. He lacks the mental strength to be a strong Davis Cup singles player, and I'm not sure that he has recovered from his groin injury.
Kohlschreiber has hit good form at the best time, so hopefully he can challenge for a win against Chela or Nalbandian. Against Monaco...it will be very tough.
I'm not sure I like Haas being named in the squad tbh. I presume he would play doubles with Petzschner, which could be a good partnership if they can avoid choking...but is he physically and mentally ready for a potentially long match?
On paper Petzschner and Haas seems like a good doubles team. They have only played one match together though, they lost to Paes/Bhupati in RG last year. I can't wait for the doubles match.
If Mayer has one of his DC-meltdowns, Petzschner (or maybe even Haas) will probably get some singles action on sunday.
Does anyone know which matches DCTV will show?