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On September 18th, the Davis Cup will return with two possibly very exciting matchups. Team Great Britain will host Australia in Glasgow in what suppose to be a tight encounter. Andy Murray, the best player of the home team will obviously be the clear favorite in both of his singles matches, but the Aussies will have winning chances in all three of the remaining duels.
The Brits have a five-man lineup so far and will decide between Kyle Edmund and James Ward on Thursday, regarding who should play the other two singles matches. The experience factor is clearly with Ward, but the youngster is higher in the ranking (Edmund is 103rdth while Ward is 135th) at the moment. The Aussies chose a rather interesting tactic against Kazakhstan a couple weeks ago, when four different squad members played their four singles matches. The two youngsters, Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis lost their respective contests against and Aleksandr Nedovyesov and Mikhail Kukushkin, but luckily for the Aussies, Sam Groth and Lleyton Hewitt came to the rescue. Nick Kyrgios is out of the lineup because of his controversial antics, which means that the four singles match will be divided between three players. The two teams will have nearly identical chances to advance in the final. The other matchup will be decided between Belgium and Argentina, and the Belgians will probably be the slight favorite mainly because of their best player, who is having probably the best season of his life. The 24-year-old David Goffin is currently the 15th player in the world with a great all-around game to back up that ranking.
He is extremely comfortable playing on hard courts as well, whereas the Argentine players aren't necessarily known for their prowess when it comes to the quicker courts. With Juan Martin Del Potro still rehabbing after his third wrist surgery, their best player is Leonardo Mayer who is currently 34th in the world. If Goffin can win both of his singles matches, it's tough to envision the Belgians not making the final.
Posted: 12th September 2014
The 2014 Davis Cup Semifinals are here. And these are not just any other semifinals; these are the semifinals of one of the biggest international events that are ever held. The Davis Cup itself takes place over a span of almost 11 months; this year it started on the 21st of January and will go on till the 23rd of November until the winner is decided.
The first semifinal is between France and Czech Republic and will be held on Clay courts, while the second semifinal is between Switzerland and Italy. The national team which has won the Davis Cup a record 32 times is has been knocked out by Great Britain in the First Round.
France has faced Germany in the Quarter Finals and beat it 3-2 and it annihilated Australia with a sweeping 5-0 victory. Czech Republic had it slightly easier with Netherlands and Japan in the First Round and Quarter Final respectively.
In the other semifinal, Italy beat Argentina in the first round. It then went on to beat Great Britain in the quarter-final which was rather tough as it was won just 3-2. Switzerland on the other hand beat Serbia and Kazakhstan both with a result of 3-2.
Tags: Davis Cup, Great Britain, Australia, Andy Murray, Kyle Edmund, James Ward, Nick Kyrgios, Thanasi Kokkinakis, David Goffin, Juan Martin Del Potro, Davis Cup Semifinals, France, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Italy
Posted: 18th September 2015
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