Purcell backs doubles pair to fire for Australia

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Ranked 37 in the world for doubles, Purcell has every right to feel confident, having won Wimbledon and reaching the Australian Open final alongside Ebden. 

“I think Matt and I will do really well,” Purcell said. “It’s nice to know that they think we’re the best option (for doubles).”

The Australian Davis Cup team plays round-robin ties against Belgium, France and Germany in Hamburg this week, with the top-two performing teams earning the right to contest the knockout stage of the finals in November.

“I think we’re looking pretty good,” Purcell told Tennis Australia. “Our line-up is pretty strong.”

Purcell and Ebden will have their work cut out, with Australia's group rivals selecting powerful doubles line-ups. 

France has selected five-time Grand Slam doubles champion and former world Number-1 Nicolas Mahut, while Germany’s line-up includes world Number-7 Tim Puetz and world Number-23 Kevin Krawietz.

“I think we might have a slight edge on a lot of those pairs,” Purcell said.