• Monaco meets Mayer in Davis Cup opener

    1/31/13 7:25 PM | Kelli DeMario
    Monaco meets Mayer in Davis Cup opener World No. 12 Juan Monaco looks to score a critical singles point for four-time finalist Argentina with a win against Germany's Florian Mayer. Competition starts Friday as Philipp Kohlschreiber takes on fellow veteran Carlos Berlocq.

    Philipp Kohlschreiber vs. Carlos Berlocq

    World No. 19 Philipp Kohlschreiber holds a 3-1 series lead over world No. 70 Carlos Berlocq. The players will be meeting for the first time since 2011.

    Kohlschreiber returns to action after reaching the third round at the Australian Open. The 29-year-old German is set to contest his 11th Davis Cup tie this weekend. He is seeking his 10th victory in singles competition.

    "I am pretty confident, but I know that we will have to give our 100 percent to win the tie," said Kohlschreiber. "Argentina has a strong team. I don’t think the hot and humid weather will play a part during the weekend as we are accustomed to it. It is not as hot as Australia. I hope to win tomorrow to give Germany the lead."

    Berlocq looks to regroup following a first-round loss to Japan's Kei Nishikori at the Australian Open. The 29-year-old Argentine, who made his Davis Cup debut in 2012, is bidding for his first victory on Friday.

    Juan Monaco vs. Florian Mayer

    World No. 12 Juan Monaco trails world No. 28 Florian Mayer 1-5 in the head-to-head series. Friday signals their sixth meeting on clay.

    Monaco will attempt to rebound after losing a first-round match to Russia's Andrey Kuznetsov at the Australian Open. The 28-year-old Argentine is level at 8-8 for Davis Cup singles competition since he made his debut in 2004.

    "Last year, in Germany, it was a big win for us," Monaco said. "We know that we can win again, but we respect the German team. This time they will have Kohlschreiber as their leading player, so they are stronger. We need to play at 100 percent to secure our spot in the quarterfinal."

    Mayer is 3-3 for the 2013 season following a second-round loss to Lithuania's Ricardas Berankis in Melbourne. The 29-year-old German will be looking to record his seventh singles win for Germany late Friday.

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