The United States start as top seed of the group, but Italy, with no fewer than eight players in the world top 100 and two of them, Matteo Berrettini and Fabio Fognini, among the best in the world, are more than a serious threat. The battle to win the group is completed by Colombia, who 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 in a distant 1976. Only the group winner will directly progress 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 33 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. Take note of their names, pay attention to the rankings, and enjoy their game: Mateo Berrettini, Lorenzo Sonego and the very young Jannick Sinner, only 19 years old. Berrettini, aged 24, is by far the highest ranked and has been in the world top 10 for months. In 2019 he made his debut in the Davis Cup.
- Mardy Fish. The American captain is a former top-10 and regular Davis Cup player. His challenge? Keep watching. With 11 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 35 years old, he is the highest ranked American (at the time of publication) and his 2.08m height makes him a fearsome opponent on a fast court. He has 15 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 U-23s who are already in the world's top 70 and ready to step into the limelight. Fritz is the highest ranked, followed by Opelka. And if you think that Isner was tall, consider Opelka, whose 2.11m height seals the team's imposing presence.
- The performance of the Colombians Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah. Don't miss the opportunity to enjoy their on-court masterclasses. The pair are world number one in doubles and have won 16 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!