Great Britain v France the pick of this weekend’s Davis Cup betting action
It’s the 104th edition of the Davis Cup this year and the tournament reaches the quarter final stages this weekend. There have already been plenty of upsets so far with the last two winners of the competition going out in the early stages.
The big match is at Queen’s Club where Great Britain take on the top seeds France while there are also ties in Australia, Argentina and Belgium. Keep reading for our full preview.
Great Britain set for close match against top seeds
The tennis loving public gets to enjoy an extra week of grass court excitement this summer when Queen’s Club hosts this year’s Davis Cup quarter final match between Great Britain and France. It promises to be an interesting match between the top seeds and the hosts and a win for Great Britain would see them into the semi-finals; their best performance in the competition since 1981.
The GB team caused something of an upset in the first round, defeating 7th seeds the United States in Glasgow. Andy Murray won his two singles matches but it was a stunning performance from James Ward that secured the victory.
Ward came from two sets behind to defeat world number 20 John Isner 6-7 5-7 6-3 7-6 15-13 in a pulsating match that lasted almost five hours and the 28 year old will be required to come up with something special again if the home side want to beat the top seeds.
Coach Leon Smith has picked the same team that defeated the US which means that Andy Murray and his brother Jamie will feature alongside Ward and doubles specialist Dominic Inglot.
With three players ranked in the world’s top 20, France have an impressive team and are worthy favourites. As well as the talented Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gilles Simon they can also call on Wimbledon semi-finalist Richard Gasquet and the talented Nicolas Mahut for this tie. Coach Arnaud Clement has made two changes from their 3-2 in over Germany with Gasquet presumably selected ahead of Gael Monfils for his grass court pedigree and Tsonga replacing Julien Benneteau.
Murray should win his two singles matches on grass and so the tie is likely to be decided on whether James Ward can upset a higher ranked player or whether the doubles team can prevail.
Belgium look good Davis Cup betting choice to beat injury hit Canada
Belgium caused the upset of the first round by defeating reigning champions Switzerland although it was a Swiss team missing both Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka. Their reward is a home tie against Canada and they could once again benefit from their opponents missing their star names.
With Milos Raonic already injured and unable to participate, Canada were dealt a further blow when Wimbledon quarter finalist Vasek Pospisil also had to pull out. Their leading player is now the world 216 Frank Dancevic and with 43 year old Daniel Nestor also in the squad it could be a tough weekend for Canada. Back Belgium to win this one.
It’s a long journey for Kazakhstan who travel to Darwin to face Australia who upset 2013 winners Czech Republic in the first round. Mikhail Kukushkin leads the Kazakh challenge and they will find it difficult against some strong players on their favoured surface; grass.
Bernard Tomic carried Australia through the first round but has since been dropped for criticising the sport’s governing body in his home country and so it’s the controversial Nick Kyrgios that is the team’s highest ranked player. He’ll join the big-serving Sam Groth, Thanasi Kokkinakis and the veteran Lleyton Hewitt in the team and they should overcome their Asian opponents.
The final match sees fourth seeds Serbia head to fifth seeds Argentina. The home side have named an unchanged team from their 3-2 win over Brazil and in Leonardo Mayer, Diego Schwartzman and Federico Delbonis they boast three top 100 players. Serbia are without world number one Novak Djokovic but can call on Victor Troicki who had an excellent run at Wimbledon and the experienced Janko Tipsarevic.
This could be a close match but we fancy Serbia to nick it 3-2.