Five teams will participate for the first time in the Davis Cup by Rakuten Madrid Finals. Here is a taste of what we can expect from this quintet.

  • Austria: Their main star is Dominic Thiem, said to be one of the successors to the dominance of the 'Big Three' (Federer, Nadal and Djokovic). The Austrians have formed a team that also includes veteran players with the stature of Jurgen Melzer and Oliver March and the momentum of Dennis Novak and Jurij Rodionov. In the group phase of the Finals they will have to deal with nothing less than Serbia and Germany.
  • Sweden: Swedish tennis has certainly known glory years. Their new captain, Robin Soderling, aims to return the country to that level, relying on brothers Mikael and Elías Ymer, outstanding junior players (Mikael was number 3 in the world and Elías, number 5) although they are still cutting their teeth on the professional circuit. They will make their debut in Madrid against Canada and Kazakhstan.
  • Ecuador: The great surprise of the Qualifiers 2020. Without any players in the top 100, they achieved a decisive victory in Japan (0-3). Emilio Gómez, son of former Roland-Garros champion, Andrés Gómez, and Gonzalo Escobar, Roberto Quiroz and Diego Hidalgo make up the team led by Raúl Viver. They were drawn in Group A for the Finals, along with Spain and Russia.
  • Hungary: Attila Balasz and Marton Fucsovics, both ranked in the top 100 in the world, are the backbone of the Hungarian team. The two carry the weight of the team led by Gabor Koves, playing not only the singles but also partnering in the doubles. In the Finals they will have to face Croatia and Australia in Group D.
  • Czech Republic: Regulars in the final rounds between 2009 and 2013 (they were champions in 2012–13 and finalists in 2009), the team had to face a revival following the withdrawal of Radek Stepanek and the retirement of Tomas Berdych. They have tennis players with a proven track record such as Jiri Vesely and Lukas Rosol. For their debut in Madrid they are drawn in Group C, along with France and Great Britain.

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