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Tennis Betting: Argentina Aims to Upset Host Spain for First Davis Cup Crown

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The surface will be clay and the site will be friendly Olympic Stadium in Seville as Spain sets out to win the Davis Cup final before a supportive home crowd in international tennis betting action beginning Friday against Argentina.
 
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World No. 2 Rafael Nadal and No. 5-ranked David Ferrer will spearhead a powerful Spanish team that is currently ranked No. 1 overall by the International Tennis Federation, a one-two punch that is certainly regarded more highly than world No. 11 Juan Martin del Potro and Davis Cup stalwart David Nalbandian - their most likely Argentinian counterparts in singles competition.
 
Captain Tito Vazquez may yet elect to use Juan Monaco in singles play, a player who is match-ready and currently ranked No. 26 in the world, with the draw scheduled for Thursday.
 
While the Spanish duo of Nadal and Ferrer were both competing last week at the ATP Tour Finals in England - with Nadal getting knocked out early and Ferrer advancing to the semi-finals - the entire Argentine team was preparing for the Davis Cup competition with clay-court training sessions and the opportunity to rest, strategize and focus on the looming task at hand.
 
Argentina has never managed to win a Davis Cup crown in four previous appearances, settling for second place in 1986, 2006, and 2008, when Spain defeated the host Argentines 3-2 on hard courts without the contributions of an injured Nadal. Argentina defeated Novak Djokovic and the defending champions from Serbia 3-2 in the semi-finals to advance to this year's final.
 
Spain has won a remarkable four Davis Cup titles since 2000 including consecutive crowns in 2008 and 2009, and was also the runner-up to Australia in 2003. Only the United States (13), Sweden (7), and the Aussies (6) have won more Davis Cup titles than Spain.
 
The Spaniards knocked off France 4-1 to advance to this year’s Davis Cup final.
 
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