The 2016 Davis Cup Final draw has been made at the Vatroslav Lisinki hall in Zagreb on Thursday.
Rising star Borna Ćorić, who went under the knife last month to help fix a knee injury, will not take part in the final and was replaced by Franko Škugor just ahead of the draw. Ćorić has failed to recover in time from his injury and will have to watch his teammates from the sideline.
Croatia number one and World number six Marin Čilić will open the final against Argentina’s number two Federico Delbonis on Friday at 2 pm. That match will be followed by Ivo Karlović against Juan Martin Del Potro.
The doubles match will be played on Saturday at 3 pm and with Sunday’s reverse singles set for Sunday starting at 2 pm.
Argentina will be trying to win its first Davis Cup after losing in 4 finals, whilst Croatia are aiming to make it number two after winning the title back in 2005 in Bratislava, Slovakia.
“It’s special to play at home. Even if we would have played in Argentina, it would have been an amazing atmosphere. But if this were in neutral ground, if the finals were somewhere like Johannesburg, how many Croats are going to go to the final? I don’t support that idea”, Čilić said.
Arena Zagreb has a capacity of 15,000, and tickets sold out within hours of going on sale. One person who will be in the stands with a foot in both camps is football legend Diego Maradona.