Australia vs Brazil Davis Cup tennis live streaming, preview and predictions

Hannah Wilks:

Brazil’s youngest ever ATP Tour champion, Thiago Seyboth Wild, leads the visitors but Australia, even without their top singles players, have depth and experience on their side: Australia and Brazil face off in Adelaide for a place in the 2020 Davis Cup Finals.

Australia vs Brazil is live from Adelaide on Friday 6 March from 1pm local/2.30am GMT

Tie details

Location: Adelaide, Australia

Venue: Memorial Drive Tennis Center

Surface: Hard (outoors)

Australia: John Millman, Jordan Thompson, James Duckworth, Alex Bolt, John Peers, Lleyton Hewitt (captain)

Brazil: Thiago Monteiro, Thiago Seyboth Wild, Joao Menezes, Felipe Meligeni Rodrigues Alves, Marcelo Demoliner, Jaime Oncins (captain)

Order of play:

Day 1 (play starts at 1pm local/2.30am GMT)
Jordan Thompson (AUS) vs Thiago Monteiro (BRA)
John Millman (AUS) vs Thiago Seyboth Wild (BRA)

Day 2 (play starts at 12pm local/1.30am GMT)
James Duckworth/John Peers (AUS) vs Marcelo Demoliner/Felipe Meligeni Rodrigues Alves (BRA)
John Millman (AUS) vs Thiago Monteiro (BRA)
Jordan Thompson (AUS) vs Thiago Seyboth Wild (BRA)Switzerland vs Canada: The draw

NB: Player nominations can change until an hour before the start of play

Davis Cup 2020: Live streaming, tie information and results

Jordan Thompson (AUS) vs Thiago Monteiro (BRA)

With Nick Kyrgios and Alex de Minaur unavailable due to injury, world no. 63 Jordan Thompson will take responsibility for trying to get hosts Australia on the scoreboard early on day one in Adelaide.

The 25-year-old Thompson ranked as high as world no. 43 in July 2019 after reaching his maiden ATP Tour final in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, beating de Minaur among others before finishing runner-up to Adrian Mannarino; he also made the last 16 at the Miami Masters, scoring wins over Karen Khachanov and Grigor Dimitrov. So far in 2020, Thompson is 3-5, having fallen in the second round of the Australian Open to Fabio Fognini in an epic five-setter; his best result has been a quarterfinal appearance at the New York Open, where he beat big servers Ivo Karlovic and John Isner.

Jordan Thompson (AAP Image/Kelly Barnes)

 

Thompson’s last match ended in a retirement to Miomir Kecmanovic in Delray Beach due to a neck problem, but hopefully he is fully recovered to take on Thiago Monteiro.

Brazil’s only top-100 player, Monteiro has five Challenger titles to his name – all of them on clay, most recently Punta di Este at the end of January. It’s no surprise that the Brazilian opted to play the Golden Swing of clay-court tournaments – and he performed pretty well, making quarterfinals in Buenos Aires, where he beat Jaume Munar and Borna Coric, and Santiago this past week, where he beat Leonardo Mayer and Roberto Carballes Baena.
Monteiro also successfully qualified for Auckland and made the second round, but there is no question that he is much more comfortable on clay courts (he only played 13 matches on hard courts in the entire 2019 season). Thompson has lost his last two Davis Cup singles rubbers, but Monteiro is 2-5 in Davis Cup rubbers on hard courts and the surface should very much give the Australian the advantage in this first meeting between the two.

John Millman (AUS) vs Thiago Seyboth Wild (BRA)

This will also be the first meeting between these two players, but that’s not too surprising given that quite a few people had probably not heard of Seyboth Wild before his recent feats.

Thiago Seyboth Wild (AAP Image/David Mariuz)

 

The 19-year-old had only won two ATP Tour-level matches before last week – one of them only coming the previous week in Rio de Janeiro – when he was granted a wildcard into the Chile Open in Santiago and stunned everybody by winning the title, beating three top-100 players including top seed Christian Garin (via retirement, admittedly) and second seed Casper Ruud in the final.

The youngest Brazilian player to win an ATP Tour title in that country’s history and the youngest champion on the Golden Swing since Rafael Nadal won Acapulco in 2005, Seyboth Wild was the 2018 US Open junior champion and only broke into the top 300 for the first time at the end of last season when he won his first Challenger title in Guyaquil.

This will be Seyboth Wild’s first Davis Cup tie, a daunting prospect. Millman said:

‘I’ve watched a little bit of him, he looks very confident, he’s obviously enormously talented, we’re going to see a lot of his name, I imagine, that’s pretty obvious, and he’s gonna be raring to go.

‘It’s his first Davis Cup tie where he’s playing, so I remember what that’s feeling’s like and it’s indescribable. When you walk out on court, you’re playing and the national anthem’s being played, it’s really special, and I’m sure that he’ll be feeling those emotions, too.

‘So he’s going to be jacked up and it’s going to be an extremely tough battle, but to be able to do so and in front of a home crowd is something that I’m really looking forward to.’

Millman will be leaning heavily on his greater experience as the world no. 43 looks to step up for his home team. The 30-year-old Aussie is best known for beating Roger Federer at the 2018 US Open – and narrowly failing to do so, despite outplaying the Swiss, at this year’s Australian Open.

Millman is actually on a three-match losing streak coming into this one, having lost both matches he has played since failing to defeat Federer in Melbourne, and his Davis Cup record is not overwhelming: He is just 1-2 in singles – but has rarely been called upon to play them. Nevertheless, he relishes a home tie, a partisan atmosphere and a raucous crowd, and is an incredibly tenacious and disciplined player. The combination of all of that could be a bit too much for even the talented young Seyboth Wild.