The United States start as the top seeds of Group E, but Italy – with no fewer than nine players in the world top 100, including Matteo Berrettini and Fabio Fognini – are more than a serious threat. Colombia complete the battle to win the group and will be in the Finals for only the second time.
The United States is the nation with the most Davis Cup titles (32), but past statistics will do little to help them win Group E and progress directly to the quarter-finals. To do so, they must overcome Colombia, who will feel the absence of Santiago Giraldo following his retirement from professional tennis, and Italy, who are increasingly seen as one of the nations with the greatest potential. Italy only has one Davis Cup title, won back in 1976. Only the group winner will progress directly to the quarter-finals, something that none of the three countries achieved in 2019.
Don't miss in Group E:
- The leadership of Fabio Fognini. At 34 years of age he is the soul of the Italian team and a passionate and committed Davis Cup player. He has been defending Italy's colours for 12 years and has played in 22 ties with a sensational record in singles: 23 wins to 9 losses. His regular coach is Corrado Barazzuti, who won the Davis Cup in the 1970s and was captain of the team until 2020. Filippo Volandri took over from him and will make his debut as Italian captain at the 2021 Finals.
- The new batch of Italian players. Note their names, keep an eye on their rankings, and enjoy their matches: Matteo Berrettini, Lorenzo Sonego and the very young Jannick Sinner, only 20 years old. Berrettini is by far the highest ranked and has been in the world top 10 for months, he won the title at Queen's this year and finished as runner-up to Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon. He made his Davis Cup debut in 2019.
- Mardy Fish. The American captain is a former top-10 and regular Davis Cup player. His challenge? Stay tuned. With 14 players in the top 100, Fish will only start his Davis Cup campaign when he decides which players to include in his final quintet.
- John Isner. At 36 years old, he is inside the top 30 and his 2.08m height makes him a fearsome opponent on a fast court. He has 16 professional titles.
- The new generation of Americans. Like Italy, new names are emerging on the American national stage and the Davis Cup is a challenge for them. Taylor Fritz, Reilly Opelka, Tommy Paul and Frances Tiafoe are the young players who are already in the world's top 60 and ready to step into the limelight. Opelka is the highest ranked, followed by Fritz. And if you think Isner is tall, consider Opelka, who at 2.11m seals the team's imposing presence.
- The performance of the Colombians Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah. Don't miss their on-court masterclasses. They are among the best doubles pairings in the world and have won 18 professional titles. They will be a real asset for the Colombians and a challenge for the pairs from the United States and Italy that will have to face them. Both matches could hold the key to reaching the quarter-finals.
And don’t forget! In the group phase every game counts. As well as direct qualification into the quarter-finals for the top-placed team in the group, the two best runners-up will also go through; and the number of sets and games won count towards this.
Enjoy all the excitement of the title fight from day one!