Great Britain looking for historic Davis Cup win
Just three years ago, Great Britain were in the second tier of world tennis playing the likes of Slovakia, Hungary and Luxembourg. Having achieved promotion to the World Group in 2013, the British team have now reached their first Davis Cup final since 1978.
Andy Murray and the team head to Belgium this weekend in search of Britain’s first Davis Cup title in nearly 80 years. Keep reading for our 2015 Davis Cup Final tennis betting preview.
Great Britain are the odds-on tennis betting favourites for Davis Cup glory
It has been a terrific run by the British team this year. A 3-2 win over the United States was followed by an excellent 3-1 win over France before a narrow 3-2 defeat of Australia in the semi-final meant they reached their first Davis Cup final in 37 years.
Andy Murray has been the star player for Great Britain and, having been eliminated at the round robin stage of the ATP Tour Finals, the world number two goes into the event rested and ready for action.
The British No. 1 said: “To represent your country at the Davis Cup Final is a huge honour and will be a new experience for me and all of the team.
“I’m really excited about the tie in Belgium, they have some very talented players who will make this a tough contest. We have had amazing support from our fans in the previous ties and I know the ones travelling for the final will play their part.”
British coach Leon Smith has made one change from the team that beat Australia in the semi-final. Kyle Edmund has been preferred to Dan Evans; a reward for the 19 year old’s recent Challenger win in Argentina. If he plays, Edmund would become the first man to make his Davis Cup debut in the Final since Feliciano Lopez appeared in the doubles rubber in Spain’s 2003 defeat to Australia.
Jamie Murray is likely to partner his brother in the doubles while Smith has also selected doubles specialist Dominic Inglot.
Great Britain are 1/4 to win their first Davis Cup since 1936.
Belgium looking to make home advantage count
While it may have been a lifetime since Britain last won the Davis Cup, Belgium have never lifted the trophy. The closest they have been was way back in 1904 when they were runners-up and they will be looking to give a partisan crowd something to cheer this week.
Captain Johan van Herck can call on world number 16 David Goffin and he is joined by the experienced Steve Darcis, Ruben Bemelmans and Kimmer Coppejans.
Belgium do have home advantage this week and have elected to play the tie on the clay courts in Ghent. While they have overcome some strong teams in the tournament this year they have benefited from a number of withdrawals and injuries along the way. They beat reigning champions Switzerland in round one although the Swiss were without both former world number one Roger Federer and French Open champion Stan Wawrinka. Milos Raonic was missing from their second round tie against Canada while both Goffin and Darcis were able to beat world number 53 Federico Delbonis in a 3-2 semi-final win over Argentina.
Belgium can boast a win in the most recent tie between the sides, winning their 2012 encounter 4-1 however that was a weakened British side featuring both Josh Goodall, Colin Fleming and Dan Evans.
Belgium are 14/5 to make home advantage and the clay courts count and to win their first Davis Cup.
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