The quarterfinals are already underway at the ATP Cup in Sydney. On Wednesday, the last four teams made it into the knockout final eight.
Rafael Nadal rolled helping Spain cruise 3-0 past Japan. Argentina and Diego Schwartzman upended the favored Croatian team.
Canada and Belgium earned second place spots to make the last eight.
With all action now in Sydney through the Sunday finals, today Australia and Nick Kyrgios collide with Great Britain.
Then, the heavily-favored Russians battle Argentina. Daniil Medvedev and Karen Khachanov will star in doubles as well as singles. The duo have yet to lose in singles.
“I’m very confident and I believe in my team,” said Safin. “That’s for sure… They know what they are doing on the court.
“I think it was important for the guys to win as many matches as they could… I think the guys are ready. They are pumped enough to do well in the final stage.”
Argentine coach Gaston Gaudio knows it’s going to a be a tough challenge.
“Everybody knows the level of tennis that have been playing for the past two years. The last year of Medvedev was unbelievable,” said Gaudio.
“Tomorrow is going to be tough. But the way that playing today, I think, we have pretty good chances.”
On Friday, Serbia clashes with Canada and Spain battles Belgium.
ATP CUP QF SCHEDULE
Great Britain (Group C winner) v Australia (Group F winner) – Thursday, 9 January, 10am AEDT
Argentina (Group E winner) v Russia (Group D winner) – Thursday, 9 January, 5:30pm AEDT
Serbia (Group A winner) v Canada (Second runner-up) – Friday, 10 January, 10am AEDT
Spain (Group B winner) v Belgium (First runner-up) – Friday, 10 January, 5:30pm AEDT
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