When Gerard Pique and David Haggerty shook hands, the series that Argentina and Colombia had to play for the promotion to the Davis Cup World Group lost a lot of significance. However, he did not completely discount his interest because the team that wins will be one of the pre-qualified in the World Tennis that the Barcelona player approached with the millions of Kosmos groups to the ITF.
The hotel Del Bono Park, the same as bunker for Argentina, was the place chosen for the draw. At midday in San Juan it was decided that Diego Schwartzman will open the series against the Colombian Santiago Giraldo. Next, Guido Pella will face Daniel Galán.
The great unknown on the Colombian side was in the names of the doubles. And the draw showed that Alejandro Gomez and Cristian Rodriguez will play Saturday against Máximo González and Horacio Zeballos.
Schwartzman (14th in the ATP ranking) is the first racket of the team captained by Gaudio, Coria and Cañas. He Small got this season one of the two titles he has in his career. At the beginning of the year, in Rio de Janeiro, the Spaniard Fernando Verdasco won in the final in straight sets. After that, he made quarterfinals at Roland Garros and in Hamburg, while at the recent US Open he could not make it to the second week because on Saturday he was taken out by Kei Nishikori when he was looking for the round of 16.
In the Davis Cup, meanwhile, he was present in San Juan for the series against Chile, for the semifinals of group 1, and won his two games: against Nicolas Jarry (6-4 and 6-4) and against Christian Garín (7-6, 6-7 and 6-2). In total, he played in five series and won the last three of the six singles he played. In his presentation, against Brazil in 2015, he joined the doubles with Carlos Berlocq.
Guido Pella (62nd ATP), meanwhile, is the only survivor of the quartet that Daniel Orsanic took to Croatia when Argentina was Davis Cup champion. He just finished his first experience in a third round of the last Grand Slam of the year in New York, although in this season he got his best performance in July in Umag, when he reached the final, while at the beginning of the year, in the ATP 250 Doha, had reached the semifinals.
He debuted in the Davis Cup against Poland in 2016 and never missed an appointment. Although in Zagreb was among those cited, did not dispute any point. In total, played in six series: won three singles and lost four and integrated two doubles, with a defeat (this year's against Chile along with Máximo González) and a victory.
His rival will now be Galán, 209th in the ranking, whom he never faced in the circuit. Schwartzman, meanwhile, will go with Giraldo, now 410th in the world but who knew to be in the top 30 (his best location was the 28th place in 2014). In the big circuit they were measured once and the triumph was for the Peque, by 0-6, 6-2 and 6-2 in the ATP 250 of Istanbul in 2015. They also clashed in an opportunity in challengers: it was in Barranquilla, Colombia , in 2016, and also won the Argentine, by 7-5 and 6-2.