Earning a wild card to reach the Davis Cup Finals in Madrid, 2016 champions Argentina made a perfect start at Caja Magica, with two convincing singles triumphs over Chile in Group C. In the first rubber, Guido Pella toppled Nicolas Jarry 6-4, 6-3 in less than 80 minutes, facing only one break chance and delivering three breaks to move over the top.
The Argentine played better on the second serve and seized all opportunities on the return to cross the finish line first, making a perfect start and controlling the pace in the rest of the encounter. Guido earned a break in the second game, opening a 5-2 gap before Jarry broke back in the very last moment in the ninth game to prolong the set.
Nonetheless, Nicolas netted a forehand in the next game to give serve away and propel Pella into a 6-4 advantage ahead of set number two where they stayed neck and neck in the first seven games. Jarry hit a double fault in the worst possible moment at 3-4, suffering a break and allowing Guido to seal the deal with a service winner in game ten and deliver the first win for Argentina.
In the second rubber, Diego Schwartzman ousted Cristian Garin 6-2, 6-2 in 73 minutes to send Argentina far in front despite two breaks of serve he suffered. That was hard to notice as he played on a high level on the return, converting six out of ten break chances to emerge as a winner.
The Argentine claimed the first five games and closed the opener with the third break at 5-2 after half an hour, gaining confidence ahead of set number two. There, it was an identical outcome, with Diego racing into a 5-0 advantage and Garin who pulled one break back in game seven that kept him alive.
Still, the Argentine landed a backhand winner at 5-2 to seal the deal with another break, happy with the way he performed from start to finish.