Argentines set to face host Germans in Davis Cup

Last year's runner-up Argentina will round Davis Cup tie this weekend.

The best-of-five affair will commence with a pair of opening singles rubbers on Friday, as German Philipp Petzschner will face last week's Vina del Mar champion Juan Monaco and Argentine star David Nalbandian will encounter Florian Mayer on the red clay at Stechert Arena Bamberg.

Saturday's doubles will pit an Argentine tandem of Juan Ignacio Chela and Eduardo Schwank versus a German duo of Petzschner and former world No. 2 Tommy Haas, while Sunday's reverse singles currently pit Monaco against Mayer and Nalbandian versus Petzschner.

The Argentines, still seeking that elusive first-ever Davis Cup title, are captained by Martin Jaite, while the three-time champion Germans are guided by Patrik Kuhnen. Argentina lost to mighty Spain in last year's final and has been the Davis Cup runner-up four times without winning.

Argentina, playing without its world No. 10 star Juan Martin del Potro this week, is 5-2 all-time against Germany.

The winner here will meet the Croatia-Japan victor in the quarterfinals in April.