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Ferrer: I’d buy a win on Friday

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

Hosts Argentina are now firm favourites to lift the trophy following the injury withdrawal of world number one Rafael Nadal from the Spain team, even though the Spanish have won both previous Davis Cup meetings between the two down the years.

“Would I sign now for a 1-1 on Friday? Not only would I sign for it, I would pay for it if necessary,” he said.

Spain are looking for their third Davis Cup title, having previously won in 2000 and 2004, however both of those successes have been at home and all three of their final appearances away have ended in defeat.

Argentina have never won the cup, but have reached the final twice before when they lost to the USA in 1981 and Russia in 2006 – both away.

The Argentinians have not been beaten at home since 1998, 13 matches ago, and Ferrer admits: “I think that the team who plays at home is always favourite, this is how it is and always will be.

“With Rafa we were not favourites and now without him we are even less so, but just the same we need to give everything on the court, playing every point as if it was the last because all of them will be important.”

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