Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are among the big names expected to lead their respective countries in the 2020 Davis Cup Finals, set to hold in Madrid from 23-29 November.
Davis Cup Predictions
The revamped Davis Cup is into its second year, with Madrid hosting the Finals for the second consecutive season. Rafael Nadal inspired home nation, Spain to victory last November, when they defeated surprise finalists, Canada in the championship match.
Both Spain and Canada are present in the 2020 Finals, along with 16 other nations. The 18 teams have been split into six groups of three teams each, with the group winners, and the two best second placed teams set to progress into the quarter finals.
Each Davis Cup tie comprises three rubbers- two singles and one doubles encounter. All matches are best of three tie break sets.
Davis Cup 2020 Groups
|Group A||Group B||Group C||Group D||Group E||Group F|
Can hosts Spain successfully defend their title?
With three players currently inside the world’s top 25, Spain have a high-quality line-up, are yet again amongst the heavy favourites to win the Davis Cup in 2020. The x-factor is obviously the great Rafael Nadal, but he’s got some very good allies in Roberto Bautista-Agut and Pablo Carreno Busta.
For the second straight year, the hosts have been drawn against Russia, setting up a potential round-robin meeting between Nadal and Daniil Medvedev. The other team in Group A are Ecuador.
Nadal put in a monumental shift in last year’s Finals, winning all five singles rubbers and an additional three doubles matches to propel Spain to the title. He’s obviously very passionate about representing his country, and boasts a phenomenal 29-1 record in Davis Cup singles matches. With Rafael Nadal on their side, Spain will be extremely difficult to beat on their home patch.
Will ATP Cup champions, Serbia claim Davis Cup glory?
Serbia will attempt the ATP Cup- Davis Cup double when they compete in Madrid later this year.
Spearheaded by the excellent Novak Djokovic, the Serbians were terrific at the ATP Cup in Australia, taking down Nadal and Spain in the final to win the inaugural team tournament. They finished top of their group in the 2019 Davis Cup Finals, ahead of France and Japan, but they came unstuck in the quarter finals, where they were edged out by Russia in a dramatic final set tie break in the deciding doubles rubber.
The ATP Cup champions have got very good strength in depth, with Dusan Lajovic, Filip Krajinovic and young gun, Miomir Kecmanovic, all of whom are inside the world’s top-50, providing support to their superstar leader, Djokovic. World No. 1, Djokovic is 34-7 in Davis Cup matches, and he will be required to be at his best from the off, with potential group stage matches against top-ten stars, Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev on the cards. Serbia have been drawn against Austria and Germany in Group C.
Djokovic thrives on these indoor hard courts, and if his team mates can find a good level, like they did at the ATP Cup, Serbia are in with a great shot of winning a second Davis Cup title in 2020.
Can top-ranked France go all the way in Madrid?
Ranked as No. 1 Davis Cup team by the ITF, France will attempt to claim their 11th title when they battle with 17 other countries in Madrid this season. The French have been a steady presence in the latter stages of the Davis Cup in recent years, reaching the final four times since 2010, but their only triumph within that period came in 2017. They failed to cross the round robin phase last season, finishing second behind Serbia in Group A.
The 10-time champions have always had great depth in their squads, and the current crop is no exception. Led by world No. 9, Gael Monfils, France have six players in the top 50, and an incredible 12 in the top 100. They also have great doubles options, with Nicolas Mahut, Edouard Roger-Vasselin and Pierre-Hugues Herbert all inside the world’s top 20 as at the time of writing.
If France can get in their best players in for November’s Finals, and get everyone playing well, they are very capable of going all the way in Madrid.
Can last year’s surprise finalist, Canada go one better in 2020?
One year on from their surprise run to the final, Canada’s young guns return to Spain with more experience, and arguably better quality. The North Americans will hope that Felix Auger-Aliassime plays a larger part in their 2020 campaign after the exciting young gun played only the final in 2019, having struggled with an ankle problem towards the end of last season.
In Auger-Aliassime’s absence, Vasek Pospisil stepped up big for his country, playing a pivotal role, along with Denis Shapovalov, as the North Americans reached the Davis Cup final for only the second time in their history. Pospisil has pushed on from his Davis Cup exploits, breaking back into the top 100 after a superb start to 2020. He remains a very good option for the Canadians.
Canada have also got the luxury of former world No. 3, Milos Raonic, if he’s fit. It’s a strong Canadian line-up, and they will again be extremely dangerous in the 2020 Davis Cup.
Who are the other contenders?
Looking through the other teams, Russia immediately jump at you, with Daniil Medvedev, Andrey Rublev and Karen Khachanov all ranked in the top-15. The Russians were without their top player, Medvedev last season, but still managed to reach the semi-finals, where they were narrowly beaten out by Canada in a final set tie break in the doubles rubber.
This quality group also made the last four at the 2020 ATP Cup, and if they can have everyone around in Madrid, they will take some stopping.
Australia, with Nick Kyrgios and Alex De Minaur leading their charge, also deserve a shout, so do the likes of Argentina, Germany, Italy and Croatia, if they can get their top players available for the Finals.
Argentina, for instance, could have Juan Martin del Potro and Diego Schwartzman on singles duties, while Croatia could have the very experienced Marin Cilic and Borna Coric.
Davis Cup Finals 2020 tournament information
Name: Davis Cup by Rakuten
Date: 23-29 November
Location: Madrid, Spain
Venue: Caja Magica
Surface: Indoor Hard Courts
Draw size: 18 Countries
Most titles: USA (32)
Reigning champions: Spain
Davis Cup Finals betting tips
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