Davis Cup Betting Tips
Find the best tennis tips for the 2021 Davis Cup Finals.
2021 Davis Cup Finals
The Davis Cup has a long history and is regarded as the premier team cup competition in men’s tennis. It began in 1900 under the name of the International Lawn Tennis Challenge and was initially a match between the USA and Great Britain. Soon, other countries such as France, Belgium, Austria and Australasia (a team comprised of players from Australia and New Zealand) joined. The name changed too and became the Davis Cup named after Dwight F Davis who had donated the trophy.
The Davis Cup has seen massive growth over the years and over 130 nations now take part in the annual event. For years, The competition has been given a revamp in recent years. Rather then being known as the Davis Cup, it is now titled the Davis Cup Finals. Rather than it being a knock-out event held throughout the year, the top nations now take part in a tournament held over a week and a half. This format was first tried out in 2019 with Spain beating Canada in the final.
There was no event held last year but it's back in 2021. It's being held from November 25 to December 5 with 18 countries taking part. The Davis Cup Finals are being held in three cities this year, namely Madrid, Innsbruck and Turin. There are six groups of three, two each in each country. The quarter finals will see two held in Madrid, one in Turin and the other in Innsbruck. The semi-finals and final will be played in Madrid. Can Spain retain their title
The Davis Cup Finals Format
There are six groups of three in this tournament. The format is very different from the past when matches were played over the best of five matches, all played over three sets. It was an unsatisfactory format with just one match (a doubles contest) on the second day, perhaps they had somewhere to go in the evening? Now we have matches that have two singles and a doubles. All three matches will be played, even if one country has a 2-0 lead. That is not the case in the knock-out stages and if a team go 2-0 up, then that's that, game over and tie won.
18 countries are taking part in this tournament. 12 of them are the winners of the qualifying round that was played in March of last year. Four are the semi-finalists from 2019 and the remaining two are wildcards, France and Serbia. The six group winners go into the quarter finals and are joined by the two best second placed sides.
Top Ten Seeds
- Great Britain
The seedings are determined by previous performances in the competition. This explains why France are seeded third, despite needing a wild card to be in the tournament and without a key player for this event.
Group Draw - matches take place November 25-28
Groups A and B are being played in Madrid. Innsbruck hosts Groups C and F, while Groups D and E are being played in Turin,
- Group A - Spain, Russian Davis Cup Team and Ecuador
- Group B - Canada, Khazakhstan and Sweden
- Group C -France, Great Britain and the Czech Republic
- Group D -Croatia, Australia and Hungary
- Group E - USA, Italy and Colombia
- Group F - Serbia, Germany and Austria
Quarter Final Draw
- Winner of Group A v One of the best second placed sides
- Winner of Group C v Winner of Group F
- Winner of Group E v Winner of Group D
- Winner of Group B V One of the best second placed sides
This is the key factor for these 2021 Davis Cup Finals. One problem the Davis Cup has had in recent years is the absence of top players representing their countries. The ATP Tour is a hectic one and players tended to want to have a rest between singles tournaments rather than play in the Davis Cup. Holding the World Group over a single week and a half has seen more top players confirm that they will be playing. Here's a look at the top line-ups and notable absentees.
Spain are the top seeds but without Rafa Nadal. They have a strong line-up though with both Pablo Carreno Busta and Roberto Bautista Agut ranked in the top 20. Then there's Carlos Alcarez who has just won the Next Gen tournament. In terms of doubles, they have Marcel Gronollers who is currently ranked sixth in the world.
Canada reached the final last year and have two players in the top 16 for singles. However, neither Felix Auger-Aliassime or Denis Shapavolov is taking part this year and nor is Milos Raonic. That leaves them with Vasek Posposil as their top ranked player and he's currently 133rd. Their other three players have singles rankings below 230 and none in the top 100 rankings for doubles. Ignore their high seeding, it'll be a surprise if they get out of their group.
The same applies to third seeded France who are without Gael Monfils. Ugo Humbert and Benoit Paire. They will rely on Adrian Mannarino, Arthur Rinderkneck and Richard Gasquet for singles success.In Mahut and Herbert, they have two players in the top ten doubles rankings, so they may play an important part if one of the singles matches can be won.
Croatia have Marin Cilic and Borna Coric as their two singles players. Like France, they will be a strong team when it comes to the doubles. Mate Pavic and Nikola Mektic are the current top two doubles players in the world winning nine titles this year, including Wimbledon and the Olympics.
The USA have a strong line-up with John Isner, Reilly Opelka and Taylor Fritz, all ranked in the top 26. They also have Rajeev Ram, the fourth ranked doubles player in the world.
Germany are the seventh seeds but will be without Alexander Zverev. He's not keen on the timing of this event as it takes place soon after the ATP Tour Finals. In 2019, he announced he'd be in holiday in the Maldives instead. He certainly won't be playing this event and that hits the Germans hard. They have no other players in the top 50 rankings but do have two players who are in the top 25 when it comes to the doubles.
Italy are seeded eighth but reached the ATP Cup final this year. Their scheduled team has Matteo Berrettini, Jannik Sinner, Lorenzo Sonego and Fabio Fognini. All are in the top 40 and two in the top 11. However, Berrettini has withdrawn due to the injury he suffered at last week's ATP Tour Finals. It's still a strong line-up without him. None of their players are ranked in the top 100 for doubles.
The same can be said for ninth seeded Great Britain. They reached the semi-finals in 2019, losing to Spain. This year sees them with a team that includes Cameron Norrie and Dan Evans, both in the top 25. In terms of doubles, there's world number three Joe Salisbury and 20th ranked Neal Skupski.
Also to be considered are the Russian Davis Cup team (we have to call them that apparently). They won the ATP Cup this year and have a strong line-up. They have four players ranked in the top 30 singles and that includes Medvedev and Rublev who won that ATP Cup and are both in the top six in the singles rankings. Three of their players are in the top 100 for doubles and they will be a very difficult team to beat. They are in the same group as Spain but that may well be one of the groups that produces the best second placed sides.
You can never leave out Novak Djokovic. He's playing for Serbia, who also have Dusan Lajovic and Filip Krajanovic. There are no doubles specialists but Novak has been known to play in that format too. They should have few problems getting into the quarter finals and have to be feared.
Our advice for betting well on the 2021 ATP Tour Finals tournament
Do you want to make successful predictions about the 2021 Davis Cup Finals? If so, then you are on the right page ! We will give you our tips on how to make successful predictions for this tournament.
Analyze players' form and fitness
It is important to look at the form of the players. There are plenty of statistics available online, so it is a good idea to access these and see how the players in this tournament have been getting on in recent weeks. Novak Djokovic has been highly impressive since he returned to the court after a break. Daniil Medvedev has been consistent in recent weeks and has already won a similar tournament to this in 2021, namely the ATP Cup.
It also has to be stressed that this is a team tournament. Representing your country always adds some pressure to how a player performs. Some find that it makes them play better, others don't handle the pressure that well. Good or bad form in previous tournaments might not be repeated here.
Take into account the playing surface
This used to be a major factor in the Davis Cup. Countries would be drawn to play either at home or away. That meant a lot with countries such as Argentina and Spain playing home games on their favourite clay court surface. That's not the case in these finals though it was in the qualifiers. All matches will be played on an indoor hard court surface. This will be to the advantage of some players, particularly those who love clay. Spain would be even stronger favourites to do well in this tournament if it was being played on clay. Playing on this surface will not be to the advantage of Colombia and Hungary, both of who won their qualifiers on clay.
Look at the head-to-head results
Some players just don’t seem to do well against others on the circuit. Many lose regularly to Novak Djokovic, so that gets in their head and makes it difficult to get a win the next time they play. Again with head-to-head results, you need to look at the surface a match has been played on.
The Importance of the Doubles
There has only been one previous Davis Cup tournament held in this format. It is important to look at the line-ups, especially for doubles players. In the previous format, the sole doubles match was a fifth of the scheduled amount due to be played. Now it's a third so more important, especially in the group stages. Look at the doubles rankings of players and especially look to see if they are an actual team, such as Pavic and Metkic for Croatia. A doubles partnership such as that should always beat two players lower ranked in doubles and just put together for this tournament. Just because a top player such as Djokovic or Medvedev plays a doubles match, it doesn't mean they will win.
Look at the ATP rankings
The singles ranking that a player has is important. Don't just look at the overall rankings, take a good look at the ATP Race. That shows you how many points have been earned this year and is an excellent form guide. There will be some matches that are played between lower ranked players. If that is the case, look at their recent form and the level of events they have been playing in.
Current Odds on Winning the Davis Cup Finals
Odds are not as yet available for the Davis Cup Finals. We expect them to be online after the ATP Tour Finals tournament ends on November 21.
Our Predictions for the 2021 Davis Cup Finals
Spain are the defending champions and could play all of their matches in Madrid. They aren't playing on clay but then again they didn't when winning this tournament two years ago. The loss of Nadal is a blow of course but they still have a strong side for both singles and doubles. The Russian Davis Cup team looks the strongest line-up and they have already won the ATP Cup this year. Will a busy schedule for Medvedev and Rublev count against them? They also face Spain in the group stages because of their ridiculous seeding of 12th. They do look the team to beat though.
Great Britain have no Andy or Jamie Murray but they should get through to the quarter finals ahead of France. Norrie, Evans and two top doubles players makes them candidates to win. Croatia could qualify, just get a singles win and let their top doubles partnership finish off the job. However, lose two singles in the knock-out stages and there's no doubles match. Just imagine if they got to the final, shared the singles and then had a team that's won nine doubles titles this year come on court?
Other candidates are the USA who have a good singles line up and impressive doubles players. Serbia of course have Novak Djokovic, so that may mean they start best of three's already 1-0 up. Italy cannot be ruled out at all, even if without Matteo Berrettini. It promises to be an exciting tournament and our previewers will be producing totally free previews throughout the tournament.
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