Spain, Canada and Russia are among the favourites to win the Davis Cup in 2021 – who are the others?
The 2021 Davis Cup Finals are live from Madrid’s Caja Magica from 22-28 November, having been postponed from 2020 due to the global health crisis after qualifying rounds had been played and the draw conducted.
Davis Cup Finals 2021: Outright odds
Here are the latest outright odds for winner of the Davis Cup Finals in 2021:
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Davis Cup 2021 Predictions
Having been cancelled in 2020, the Davis Cup Finals return in 2021 to once again provide the thrilling climax to the men’s tennis season.
Qualifying rounds for the 2020 Finals had already been played to settle the 12 teams which would join the six automatically entered: Last year’s semifinalists Spain, Canada, Russia and Great Britain, and wildcards France and Serbia. The qualifying teams were Ecuador, Kazakhstan, Sweden, Czech Republic, Australia, Hungary, USA, Italy, Colombia, Germany, Croatia and Austria.
The draw was conducted in March 2020, shortly before all professional tennis was shut down for six months and the Finals were rescheduled to November 2021.
Of the nations who have players in the ATP Tour’s top 10, only Switzerland and Argentina will not be represented at the 2021 Davis Cup Finals, so it is guaranteed to be a star-studded affair at the Caja Magica from 22-28 November.
The draw has landed 2019 champions Spain in the same group as Russia, who were semifinalists at the same Finals and can boast two top-10 players, so that will be an early blockbuster clash, while Canada, runners-up in 2019, have been lucky to draw Kazakhstan and Sweden in the group stages. Novak Djokovic’s Serbia team are in the same group as Austria and Germany, potentially led by Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev respectively, while Great Britain – who made a surprise semifinal in 2019 – face an early blockbuster clash with wildcards France.
Who are the favourites to win Davis Cup in 2021?
Here are quick profiles of the top favourites to win the Davis Cup Finals in 2021.
Runners-up at the Davis Cup Finals in 2019, Canada are favourites to win in 2021 and it’s not difficult to see why. Canada can call on three players ranked inside the world’s top 21 at the time of writing in Denis Shapovalov, who broke the top 10 for the first time in 2020; Felix Auger-Aliassime, who continues to improve and reach ATP finals; and Milos Raonic, the oft-injured but very dangerous big server. Vasek Pospisil, who plays so well on indoor hard courts and was very effective at the 2019 Davis Cup Finals, is also available to back them up. It’s a potent combination, and as aforementioned, they have been drawn in a soft group.
Defending champions Spain will once again have the support of the majority of the crowd in the so-called ‘neutral venue’ of the Caja Magica and it could well fuel them to the title – again.
Rafael Nadal’s availability will be key, but it’s not a one-man team: Roberto Bautista Agut contributed as much as Nadal to the victory in 2019, and Pablo Carreno Busta could also be a significant presence.
Wildcards for the 2021 Davis Cup Finals, France’s big question is how many of their ageing golden generation – Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Richard Gasquet and Gael Monfils, all showing their years – will be fit. But they can call on a deep bench including Benoit Paire, Ugo Humbert and Hugo Gaston.
The only nation who can boast two players currently ranked inside the top 10, Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev, Russia managed to get to the semifinals without Medvedev even playing in 2019 thanks to the efforts of Rublev and Karen Khachanov. They could be even more dangerous in 2021, but have been potentially scuppered by a tough draw, landing in the same group as defending champions Spain.
Although Andy Murray injured himself in the first match he played and did not take to the court again, Great Britain still made a surprise run to the semifinals thanks to strong if uneven performances by Dan Evans and Kyle Edmund. But they could struggle to get out of their group in 2021, as they have been drawn with France and Czech Republic.
Mikhail Kukushkin is a dangerous veteran and Alexander Bublik a big-serving, unpredictable talent, but they are miles out of their league once the elimination stages are reached (and they didn’t even get that far in 2019). They are unlikely to get out of their group in 2021, as they face 2019 runners-up Canada.
Davis Cup 2021 Outright Odds: Other Markets
Other outright markets which will be available to bet on for the 2021 Davis Cup Finals include the winners of each group.