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Del Potro eyes Davis Cup dreamland

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Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:09

The team captained by Alberto Mancini are gunning for their first Davis Cup triumph after going close in 1981 and 2006. This time, though, Argentina are playing as hosts and they will hope that can prove telling when singles matches start.

Del Potro said: “Feliciano (Lopez) is very dangerous. His drive is so good, as well as his serve.”

He added: “This surface (indoor carpet) also helps him, but I have got used to the court too. Anyway, I have the weapons to beat him.

“I had some time to recover after playing the Masters Cup in Shanghai. Tomorrow (Friday) the dream of all of us starts and we must put everything aside and play.”

Del Potro has been struggling with a toenail problem but insists he will be fine to play.

“I don’t know whether I will have to be given an injection. The nail will not be an obstruction to playing tomorrow,” he said.

David Nalbandian, world-ranked 11, opens against David Ferrer, while Del Potro, who ended the ATP season in ninth place in the rankings, takes on Lopez.

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