The draw is out for the upcoming Davis Cup tie between Germany and Argentina.
David has been nominated to play against Florian Mayer in the second rubber on Friday.
Probably the most interesting revelation of the draw for me, was that Philipp Petzschner has been chosen to play singles for Germany on the first day. Petzschner has the kind of game which is completely unsuited towards clay, being one of the most impatient players on tour, so Haas must have not been in good enough shape to play.
However, on closer inspection of the draw, it does look like every match will be difficult aside from the first rubber, assuming that if they went to a fifth rubber, Haas would be replacing David.
Philipp Petzschner vs Juan Monaco
These two have never played against one another before. This would certainly be a match-up of contrasting styles. If Petzschner is to have any chance in this match, he will have to serve well, but his serve is likely to be a reduced weapon on the clay. This is probably the rubber that Argentina is most likely to win.
Florian Mayer vs David Nalbandian
Last year, Florian Mayer beat David by sneaking into the net frequently, serving-and-volleying on hardcourt in Shanghai. He took time away from David, and rushed him with sneak approaches. I expect to see a very different match here, on a much slower surface. There will be far more baseline rallies, but Mayer will continue to mix it up by coming into the net, and maybe throwing in some dropshots. There are question marks over Mayer's fitness. David will have more time to set up for his shots and attack here, particularly on the return of serve.
Tommy Haas/Philipp Petzschner vs Juan Ignacio Chela/Eduardo Schwank
This is surely an important match in terms of the overall tie. Chela/Schwank have had some success outside of Davis Cup, but it is a different atmosphere in this competition, so it should be interesting to see how they perform.
Florian Mayer vs Juan Monaco
Mayer has a 5-1 head-to-head record over Monaco, with five of those six matches being played on clay.
Philipp Petzschner vs David Nalbandian
If they go into a fifth rubber, I think they would substitute Petzschner with Haas, who has a better head-to-head record over David (3-0 unbeaten record over David).