Davis Cup Betting Tips
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History Could Repeat Itself
It’s going to be an historic couple of Davis Cup semi-finals this weekend (September 14-16) with a new format likely to be in place next year. The two semi-finals see France taking on a Spanish team that will be without world number one Rafael Nadal, while Croatia host the United States in Zadar and we could well be set for our second major France v Croatia final this year.
France – Spain
Lille, France – Indoor Hard Court
Having won the World Cup in July, It’s now the turn of the French tennis team to continue their bid to retain the Davis Cup (known as the World Cup of tennis) that they won last year beating Belgium in the final.
France last retained the Davis Cup in 1932 and this year have had two 3-1 wins over the Netherlands at home and away in Italy. Their squad for this game is: Lucas Pouille, Richard Gasquet, Benoit Paire Nicolas Mahut and Julien Benneteau. Pouille and Gasquet are both ranked in the top 25 and their chances of progressing to the final have been greatly increased by the Spanish team news.
Rafael Nadal won’t be playing for Spain after the injury he sustained during the US Open. He’s replaced by world number 55 Albert Ramos-Vinolas and the others in the team are Pablo Carreno Busta, Roberto Bautista Agut, Felicianio Lopez and Marcel Granollers. Busta and Agut are ranked 21 and 26 respectively so the singles matches in this tie are going to be interesting affairs.
Spain last won the Davis Cup in 2011. This year they have had two 3-2 home wins over Great Britain and Germany. Both were played on clay and the fact this match is on a hard surface and that is likely to give France the big advantage.
Croatia – USA
Zander – Outdoor Clay Court
Croatia have only won the Davis Cup on one occasion and that was in 2005. They host the USA who have a record 32 triumphs but the last was 11 years ago. The two countries have only met four times in this competition and the Americans are yet to get a win.
The Croatians are seeded fourth and have beaten Canada and Kazakhstan 3-1 in their two games so far both at home on clay. Borna Coric has won all his three singles matches and Marin Cilic won both of his in the Kazakhstan tie.
The other three team members for Croatia are Franko Skugor, Mate Pavic and Ivan Dodig. Cilic is ranked sixth in the world and Coric 18 th and give their country every chance of winning this tie.
The USA are unseeded and have beaten Serbia 3-1 away and then defeated the number two seeds Belgium 4-0 at home in the quarter-finals. That result flattered the Americans as their opponents were without world number 11 David Goffen and had to play Joris de Lorre who’s outside the world’s top 400. Representing the USA in this tie are Jack Sock, Steve Johnson, Francis Tiafoe, Sam Querrey and Mike Bryan. They are missing world number 10 John Isner, but Sock is ranked 17 and Johnson 30 so they will put up a fight in this tie but the fact the match is being played on clay means that just like in Russia this summer we’ll have another France v Croatia final.