If the team beats Russia this weekend, the Argentines will also host its first final against either Spain or the trophy-holding United States.
The chance to make history has the Argentine team highly motivated, and even drew football great Diego Maradona to practice on Wednesday.
"The boys are really dedicated to this tournament," Argentina captain Alberto Mancini told TyC Sports television on Wednesday.Argentina hasn't lost at home in 10 years, winning 12 straight ties. That record made Argentina favored to win this week, said the country's greatest player, Guillermo Vilas.
"They're pumped up by the opportunity to play another final — and at home. They have a lot of motivation, you can see it on the court."
"Argentina has a very good record at home," Vilas told the Davis Cup Web site. "The people are very warm and passionate when the matches start, and the Argentines always seem to play at their best."To ease the pressure on his team, Mancini on Tuesday named David Nalbandian and Juan Martin del Potro for Friday's opening singles at the sold-out, 14,000-seat, clay-court stadium.
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