The Dominican Republic may be the favourites heading into this weekend’s Davis Cup Group 1 tie against Barbados.
But one thing is for certain. They won’t be taking the home side for granted.
That is according to their two top players Victor Estrella and Jose Hernandez, who expect a tough challenge from homeboys Darian King and Haydn Lewis.
Even though the 34 year-old Estrella is ranked 56th – over 200 places more than King – and is coming off his first ever ATP win, he knows Barbados will be a tough challenge at home.
“It’s going to be very tough really. We know Darian and Haydn can play and are in good form now. I know they are coming to play very good tennis,” he admitted.
“Last year when I played against Darian at the CAC Games, it was the only time I dropped a set in the whole tournament.
“Davis Cup is a special competition and every player comes to play their best in the Davis Cup,” Estrella added.
His partner Jose Hernandez also echoed the same sentiments.
He said while they were confident they would come away with a victory, they were not underestimating the Barbadian team, especially considering they would have the support of the home crowd.
“I have to bring my A game for the whole weekend. We our confident with ourselves and with our tennis and that we can play with any team.
“But we know that Barbados is a really tough team. Darian and Lewis are both playing great tennis and if we don’t bring our A game, anything could happen,” Hernandez admitted.
“We are practicing hard, and we have to make sure that we do everything we can to win.”