2013 Davis Cup OverviewThe Davis Cup is the biggest team event in the world of men’s tennis. It involves players from the same nation joining together and it is considered a great honor to be selected to represent your country. The 2013 Davis Cup is the 102nd edition of the tournament which began with 130 teams but has already been whittled down to 8 nations as we are now at the quarter final stage. The United States are the most successful team ever with 32 wins and feature in the last 8 while the Czech Republic are the champions and look to retain their crown having also made the quarter-finals.
The world’s top 16 teams played the first round from 1-3 February. There are 5 games in total: 4 singles matches and a doubles match. The team captain can decide to use the same two players throughout or else he can swap and use another team member.
Generally, the top nations stick with their two best players unless fatigue or injury forces them to make a change. All matches are the best of 5 sets as they are during Grand Slam events.
2013 Davis Cup Story so Far
First Round Results
• Spain 2-3 Canada
• Croatia 2-3 Italy
• Serbia 3-2 Belgium
• United States 3-2 Brazil
• Israel 0-5 France
• Germany 0-5 Argentina
• Austria 1-3 Kazakhstan
• Switzerland 2-3 Czech Republic
Quarter Final Predictions
• Canada vs. Italy – Canada was a surprise winner over Spain and has home advantage against Italy. Their squad boasts Daniel Nestor, ranked #4 in doubles and a top 15 ranked singles player in Milos Raonic. The Italian team has several solid yet unspectacular players and with Canada at home, there’s every chance of another upset.
• Serbia vs. United States – Serbia have world #1 Novak Djokovic but the US have the Bryan brothers, the #1 ranked doubles players, two top 20 singles players and home advantage.
• France vs. Argentina – France has good players such as Jo Wilfred Tsonga while Argentina’s squad is not as deep. The fact that it’s in Buenos Aires will help Argentina but France may have the quality to win on the road.
• Kazakhstan vs. Czech Republic – The Czech Republic is the defending champion for a reason and will be good enough to win away from home.
All signs point towards a final between the Czech Republic and the United States. However, the Davis Cup is notoriously hard to predict with home advantage, choice of surface and available players all dramatically changing the dynamic of any given match. We advise you to sit back, relax and watch world class tennis as the drama of the Davis Cup unfolds before your eyes.
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