Chile may never have won the Davis Cup – but they have truly earned their place among the best 18 tennis nations in the world who will be battling for the trophy in Madrid this November.

They’ll have the very best of backing too. The Chile fans are some of the most partisan in the world – making plenty of noise when they support their team, particularly when they face another South American country.

Expect fireworks, then, in the group stage this November, when they will face third seeds and 2016 winners Argentina – with whom they have a fervent rivalry – as well as three-time champions Germany.

Although they have not yet been champions, Chile have finished as runners-up – to Italy in Santiago, back in 1976.

Three years previously, Patricio Cornejo and Jaime Fillol played the longest Davis Cup set and rubber in terms of games against Americans Stan Smith and Erik Van Dillen – going down 9-7, 39-37, 6-8, 1-6, 3-6.

To qualify for the 2019 Davis Cup Madrid Finals, Chile came through a tricky away tie against Austria in Salzburg, with Christian Garin winning the decisive singles rubber. He fell to his knees to celebrate, and no wonder - his country had only won one of their previous eight away ties in the Davis Cup. The man who led them to victory there and who will guide them in Madrid later this year is Nicolas Massú, the Olympic singles and doubles gold medalist in Athens 2004.

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