Read on for all you need to know about the upcoming battles for a place in Madrid. Twenty-four teams will compete in the Davis Cup by Rakuten Qualifiers on 6–7 March, with ties played under a home-and-away format.
Croatia (1) vs India
Host nation: Croatia. Dom Sportova, Zagreb (Hard, Indoors)
Croatia finished third in Group B in the Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals this year. The 2018 champions hope to have Marin Cilic and Borna Coric fully fit and available when they host India, who beat Pakistan to win a place in the 2020 Qualifiers. The only meeting between the two nations dates back to the first round of the World Group in 1995 in New Delhi, with an Indian victory 3–2.
Hungary vs Belgium (2)
Host nation: Hungary. Fonix Hall, Debrecen (Clay, Indoors)
Hungary achieved a tight victory (3–2) over Ukraine in September to reach the Qualifiers, where they will face a Belgian team that missed out on the quarter-finals in Madrid after finishing second in Group D, behind Australia. The two teams have met on 13 occasions, with the balance favouring Belgium 8–5, including in their last duel, which finished with a Belgian victory in Liège in 2018.
Colombia vs Argentina (3)
Host nation: Colombia. Palacio de los Deportes, Bogota (Clay, Indoors)
With Juan Sebastián Cabal and Robert Farah – the best doubles pair in the world – on their side, Colombia fought hard in the Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals, but finished third in Group D. Argentina advanced to the quarter-finals as one of the two best second-placed teams in the group stage, losing a dramatic doubles match against Spain. The ‘coffee’ team has never defeated Argentina in three previous meetings. Will it be fourth time lucky?
United States (4) vs Uzbekistan
Host nation: United States. Neal S. Blaisdell Center, Honolulu (Hard, Indoors)
The United States recorded an impressive victory over Italy in Group F in the Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals, but lost for the first time to Canada, the eventual finalists, to miss out on the knockout stages. Uzbekistan defeated Lebanon (3–2) in the Group I qualifier in September to reach the Qualifiers. The two nations have only met once, in the 2015 play-offs in Tashkent, with a 3–1 win for the US.
Australia (5) vs Brazil
Host nation: Australia. Memorial Drive Tennis Centre, Adelaide (Hard, Outdoors)
After finishing at the top of Group D ahead of Belgium and Colombia, Australia lost to Canada in the quarter-finals in Madrid. The Australians have a 3–0 record against Brazil, who recorded a comfortable 3–1 victory against Barbados in September to book their Qualifiers place for the second time in an attempt to debut in the Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals.
Italy (6) vs Korea, Rep.
Host nation: Italy. Circolo Tennis Cagliari, Cagliari (Clay, Outdoors)
Italy finished third in Group F in the Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals after their tight 2–1 losses to both Canada and the United States. In March, they will be host to South Korea. It is the second meeting between the two nations (with two Italian victories) and the first since 1987. The South Koreans defeated China 3–1 in September to reach the Qualifiers for the first time.
Previews of the other six Qualifiers will appear here in the next few days. Or take a look here at the 2020 Qualifiers section.