The self-proclaimed World Cup of Tennis heats up over the next few days as two of Belgium, Australia, France and Serbia will make it through to contest Novembers final in the sports premier team tournament.
The Semi Final Matches
Belgium vs Australia
Belgium are still somehow seeking their first Davis Cup crown despite having finished runners-up twice (most recently in 2015) and face an Australian side seeking a remarkable 29th title.
However, the Aussie’s have been trophy-less in the competition since defeating Spain at the iconic Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne back in 2003.
The side have equally failed to even reach the final since that year with 2017 posing the country’s best opportunity to return to the top.
Belgium are ranked the outsiders of the four semi-final teams but still boast a squad full of talent. Steve Darcis has an impressive singles record in the tournament having won 21 times and losing just 8.
26-year-old David Goffin is arguably the most recognisable name in the squad with ranked 12th in the world on the Tennis circuit.
Australia boast the often-unpredictable Nick Kyrgios in their roster and on his day, is a match for the world’s best, unfortunately for the Aussie’s, no one knows when that day will be.
Jordan Thompson is the rookie of the group but is yet to lose a singles match having won all three of his encounters so far.
Under the stewardship of the legendary Lleyton Hewitt, Australia have become a force to be reckoned with once more.
The Aussies are 5/2 second favourites for the outright title with us and that could prove a great return.
France vs Serbia
The French enter the semi-finals as odds on favourites for the title but Serbia will not make it an easy passage for them despite France boasting home advantage.
The French have claimed the title nine times but have been the bridesmaids more often than the bride in recent years having finished runners-up in 2010 and 2014.
By contrast, the Serbs have just the one title when they actually beat their opponents in the 2010 final. In the 2013, the side finished runners-up,
France are favourites for a reason, their squad is packed with some of the world’s top players. Nicolas Mahut, Gilles Simon and Richard Gasquet to name but three of the roster to face Serbia.
Where France have a host of high profile names, Serbia boast the highest profile of them all. Novak Djokovic has been a strong advocate of the Davis Cup and has been a key figure for the Serbs. With him in the side, literally anything is possible.
Serbia also call on the impressive Viktor Troicki who despite being 31, has steadily been improving year on year and climbing up the rankings.
For France, it is all about consistency and team work and that type of work ethic should see them over the line.
The French are also outright favourites for the Davis Cup at 4/5 with us and that is certainly worth ‘serving’ up.