The Davis Cup quarter-finals get underway this weekend with David Ferrer and Juan Martin Del Potro among the big names in action.
Defending champions Spain take on Austria over the weekend and despite the absence of Rafael Nadal, they're strong favourites. After all a side which contains Ferrer and Nicolas Almagro can't be too shabby right ? Spain is quite simply the only nation in the world where this is considered a weakened side !
It's a similar case for the 2011 finalists Argentina who are heading inexorably towards another final themselves. They've got to finally win one at some point. They host poor old Croatia in their Davis Cup stronghold of Bueno Aires and with Del Potro, Juan Monaco and David Nalbandian all in rampant form, it's easy to see this one being all over in three days.
France host the United States in one of the most exciting clashes of the weekend. Mardy Fish's absence is a huge blow for the USA and with Ryan Harrison not massively comfortable on clay, it really heaps the pressure on John Isner who absolutely has to beat Gilles Simon on day one. Still he beat Roger Federer on clay in February and given his form so far in 2012 he's capable of winning this tie pretty much single-handedly.
Serbia face a Czech Republic side hungry for revenge after their semi-final defeat two years ago. With no Novak Djokovic, the Czechs certainly have the edge especially with an in-form Radek Stepanek to call on in both singles and doubles (Stepanek has won the Australian Open and Miami Masters doubles titles so far this year).