Today, Germany's captain Patrick Kühnen followed suit - but his nominations include a surprise. Apart from Florian Mayer, Philipp Kohlschreiber and Philipp Petzschner, Kühnen has also nominated Tommy Haas. It's the first time since 2007 that Haas will be part of Germany's Davis Cup team. Kühnen on his surprise choice:
Tommy is fit and has shown himself to be in great form in Melbourne. His potential is beyond question and apart from that he brings a tremendous amount of experience to the table.While Kühnen is aware that Argentina is the favourite to win this tie, he intends to make the most of the home advantage and the "enthusiastic crowd" at the Stechert Arena in Bamberg, including the fan club of the local first-league basketball team (which has been supplied with free tickets in return for its support). Still, they'll be up against the equally enthusiastic and very vocal Argentine fans. But Kühnen remains optimistic:
In Davis Cup, we've proven again and again that we can be competitive, playing against the top nations. So why not against Argentina?